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Jennifer McCarter

Headquarters, Washington DC October 7, 1998


(Phone: 202/358-1639)

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-64

PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS FOR STS-95 MISSION SET FOR OCTOBER 15

A series of background briefings on the upcoming STS-95 mission, which will


feature
the return of John Glenn to space and more than 80 scientific experiments
investigating
mysteries that range from the inner universe of the human body to studies of our
own Sun,
will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC),
Houston,
TX, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT.

The major objective of the mission is the deployment of the SPARTAN science
spacecraft for 48 hours of free flight to document solar activity affecting Earth's
environment. In addition, dozens of experiments housed in the Spacehab module in
Discovery's cargo bay and in the Shuttle's middeck will investigate microgravity's
effect
on materials and the impact of weightlessness on the aging process.

The briefings will begin with an overview of the STS-95 mission at 9 a.m. EDT,
followed by a Mission Science briefing at 10:30 a.m. A local-only briefing for
reporters in
attendance at JSC will be held at 11:45 a.m. to discuss the logistics involved in
covering
the STS-95 mission. That briefing will not be seen on NASA Television.
Following a
break for the daily NASA Video File at 12 p.m., a panel discussion, "Beyond the
Frontier:
The Past and Future of U.S. Human Space Flight," will begin at 12:30 p.m.

The STS-95 astronauts will hold their preflight press conference beginning at 2
p.m.
Because of the limited time available for each briefing and the large number of
media
representatives expected to attend at JSC, only questions from reporters there and at
NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, and Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, will be
entertained. All of the briefings, however, with the exception of the mission
logistics
briefing, will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

NASA TV is available through the GE-2 satellite, Transponder 9C, located at 85


degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and
audio at
6.8 MHz.

Media planning to attend the briefings at JSC must notify the JSC newsroom by
close of
business on Oct. 13 to insure proper badging. JSC's newsroom can be reached by
calling
281/483-5111. The fax number is 281/483-2000.

STS-95 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS Oct. 15, 1998


(All times shown are EDT)

9 a.m. MISSION OVERVIEW


Phil Engelauf, STS-95 Lead Flight Director
Craig Tooley, SPARTAN Mission Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
(GSFC), Greenbelt, MD
Rud Moe, Payload Coordinator, GSFC

10:30 a.m. SCIENCE OVERVIEW


Dr. David Williams, Director, Space & Life Sciences, JSC
Dr. David Liskowsky, STS-95 Life Sciences Program Scientist
Dr. Richard Fisher, SPARTAN Project Scientist, GSFC
Joel Kearns, Manager, NASA's Microgravity Research Program, Marshall Space
Flight
Center, Huntsville, AL

11:45 a.m. STS-95 MEDIA LOGISTICS BRIEFING (Local Only for


reporters at JSC; not broadcast on NASA TV)
Brian Welch, Director of Media Services, NASA Headquarters
Rob Navias, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, JSC

12 p.m. NASA TV VIDEO FILE

12:30 p.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: "BEYOND THE FRONTIER: THE


PAST AND FUTURE OF U.S. HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT"
Jim Slade, ABC science correspondent
Scott Carpenter, Project Mercury astronaut
William E. Burrows, author, "This New Ocean"
Andrew Chaikin, author, "A Man on the Moon"

2 p.m. STS-95 CREW PRESS CONFERENCE


Curt Brown, Commander; Steve Lindsey, Pilot; Steve Robinson, Mission Specialist
1;
Scott Parazynski, Mission Specialist 2; Pedro Duque, Mission Specialist 3 (ESA);
Chiaki
Mukai, Payload Specialist 1 (NASDA); John Glenn, Payload Specialist 2

IMPORTANT NOTE: During the STS-95 mission, there will be two opportunities
for
reporters to ask questions of Discovery's crew members while in orbit. Based on an
on-
time launch on Oct. 29, the first opportunity would occur on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 5:15
p.m.
EST during a 40-minute news conference involving Commander Curt Brown and
John
Glenn only. Reporters must be at JSC to ask questions. The second opportunity
will
occur on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 12:50 p.m. EST during a 45-minute news conference
in
which all of Discovery's seven crew members will be available for questions. The
first 22
minutes of the news conference will be devoted to questions from U.S. reporters at
JSC
only, followed by 11 minutes of available time for questions from Japanese reporters
at
JSC, and 11 minutes of available time for questions from European reporters at the
European Space Agency's Villafranca station located outside of Madrid, Spain. No
other
questions will be entertained from any other center. Reporters in attendance at
other NASA
centers may ask questions during the mission status briefings conducted from JSC
starting
on the second day of the flight.

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