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Rahn Headquarters, Washington, DC November 16, 1998 (Phone: 256-961-6226 - Russian 586-75-60) Kyle Herring NASA Moscow Office (Phone: 256/961-6225 - Russian 586-75-60) NOTE TO EDITORS: N98-69 ZARYA BRIEFINGS AND LAUNCH COVERAGE SET The launch of the first component of the new International Space Station, the Russian-built, U.S.-owned Zarya Control Module, will be the subject of a preflight briefing at the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia, outside Moscow, at 8 a.m. EST ( 4:00 p.m. Moscow time) on Nov. 17. The news conference will take place just three days before Zarya is scheduled to be launched atop a Russian Proton rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA Television, but questions can only be asked by reporters at the Russian Mission Control Center. The participants will include: Gretchen McClain, Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Station Randy Brinkley, International Space Station (ISS) Program Manager Mikhail Sinelchikov, Director of Piloted Programs, Russian Space Agency Alain Poirier, Director General, Space Systems, Canadian Space Agency Frank Longhurst, Head, Manned Spaceflight Program, European Space Agency Tsuguo Tadakawa, Deputy Director, Space Utilization Promotion Dept., National Space Development Agency of Japan Two days later, on Nov. 19, video of the final prelaunch preparations for Zarya and the rollout of the Proton rocket to its launch pad at Baikonur will be presented on the NASA TV Video File at noon EST.
Based on Zarya's current planned launch time of 1:40 a.m. EST (9:40 a.m. Moscow time, 11:40 a.m. Baikonur time,) on Nov. 20, NASA public affairs commentary and live television coverage of the countdown and the launch will begin at 1:10 a.m. EST (9:10 a.m. Moscow time). A postlaunch news conference will be held at Baikonur with senior level officials approximately two hours after launch. It is expected to be broadcast live on NASA Television with questions from reporters at Baikonur. A second postlaunch news conference will be held at the Russian Mission Control Center following the Baikonur conference to give a technical status report on Zarya. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV with questions from reporters in Moscow. Written status reports on Zarya's operation in orbit will be issued on subsequent days addressing major activation events leading up to the launch of the Unity connecting module aboard Endeavour on the first shuttle assembly mission, STS-88, on December 3. Following the STS-88 mission, with Zarya and Unity mated as the first Space Station elements, written status reports and status briefings on the unpiloted flight of the International Space Station will be provided periodically. Note: News media planning to attend the news conferences or the Zarya launch from the Russian Mission Control Center, Korolev, who are not already accredited, should request press accreditation from the Russian press office at 011-7-095-187-2344, or by calling the NASA public affairs office in Moscow at 256-961-6225, 6226, or Russian line 586-75-60. -end-