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April 27, 1999

SPACE SHUTTLE TO VISIT SPACE STATION NASA will brief reporters next week on the upcoming Space Shuttle mission that will bring visitors and supplies to the International Space Station. The briefings will begin at 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 4, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The 10-day flight will take four men, three women and more than 5,000 pounds of supplies -- including laptop computers, a printer, cameras, maintenance tools, spare parts and clothing -- to the station. While docked with the station, the astronauts will conduct a spacewalk to attach a "crane" to the station for future assembly missions. The crew also will install equipment needed before the arrival of the crew living quarters, to be launched by Russia later this year. The first three briefings will cover the International Space Station assembly and operations, a mission overview and the spacewalk. The NASA Television Video File will follow at noon. At 1 p.m., NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, will hold a briefing on the international student experiment called Starshine. The crew press conference will begin at 2 p.m. from Johnson. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time. Briefings will be carried live on NASA TV, 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 must notify the Johnson Space Center newsroom by April 30 to ensure proper badging. The fax number is 281/483-2000. IMPORTANT NOTE: Reporters may schedule interviews with the astronauts from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EDT. Opportunities for these interviews are limited and media wishing to participate in person or by telephone should notify the Johnson

newsroom no later than April 30. Canadian media in Houston will have an additional one-hour briefing with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette at 7 p.m. EDT. Canadian media wishing to participate in that opportunity should contact Stephanie Corbin at 450/926-4350. STS-96 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS May 4, 1999 (All times shown are Eastern Daylight Time.) 9 a.m. PROGRAM STATUS Tommy Holloway, International Space Station Program Manager Frank Culbertson, Deputy Program Manager for Operations 10 a.m. MISSION OVERVIEW Wayne Hale, STS-96 Lead Flight Director Paul Hill, International Space Station Flight Director Sharon Castle, Space Station Launch Package Manager 11 a.m. EXTRAVEHICULAR ACTIVITY (EVA) OVERVIEW Mike Hess, STS-96 Lead EVA Officer Lora Laurence, U.S. EVA Crane Project Engineer 12 p.m. NASA TV VIDEO FILE 1 p.m. STARSHINE PROJECT OVERVIEW (from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) Gil Moore, Starshine Project Principal Investigator Ben Lui, Starshine Mission Manager 2 p.m. STS-96 CREW PRESS CONFERENCE 3:15-4:45 p.m. STS-96 CREW ROUND ROBINS (not televised) 7 p.m. CANADIAN MEDIA OPPORTUNITY WITH JULIE PAYETTE (not televised) -end-