Jennifer McCarter Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1639) Bruce Buckingham Kennedy Space Center, FL (Phone: 407

/867-2468) Kyle Herring Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX (Phone: 281/483-5111) RELEASE: 98-5

January 8, 1998

ENDEAVOUR LAUNCH TO MIR SET FOR JAN. 22; STS-89 & MIR BACKGROUND PRESS BRIEFINGS NEXT WEEK The night of Jan. 22 was selected today by Space Shuttle program managers as the launch date for the first flight of 1998 and the eighth to rendezvous and dock with Russia's Mir space station. A series of background press briefings on the STS-89 mission are scheduled beginning at 9 a.m. EST, Jan. 13, on NASA TV. A Mir spacewalk activities briefing and Lunar Prospector briefing also will be part of the lineup on Jan. 13. A list of the briefings, NASA Centers from which they are originating, times and participants is attached. NASA TV is available on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 Mhz, and audio of 6.8 Mhz. The STS-89 mission objectives include replacing astronaut David Wolf with Andy Thomas, who will be the next U.S. crew member on the station as part of the Phase One Program. During the mission, more than 7,000 pounds of experiments, supplies and hardware are scheduled to be transferred between the two spacecraft. Wolf will return home following four months on Mir. The preferred launch window opportunity opens at approximately 9:48 p.m. EST and closes about five minutes later. Following a nominal flight duration of eight days, 19 hours, 48 minutes, Endeavour is scheduled to land at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, FL, at about 5:36 p.m. EST, Jan. 31. Today's launch date decision follows the traditional face-to-

face Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy by Shuttle managers from NASA and prime contractor United Space Alliance. "The team is ready to put Endeavour back into space after a year and a half of undergoing important modifications and upgrades," said George Abbey, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, who chaired the review. "The work that has been done in getting this vehicle ready to fly is attributable to a real team effort across the program." STS-89 will be Endeavour's 12th mission into space and the 89th Shuttle flight in the program's history. -endEDITOR'S NOTE: Following the STS-89 mission briefings, individual round-robin interviews with the STS-89 astronauts will be held for reporters at Johnson and for those who make special arrangements in advance to conduct the interviews by phone. Reporters interested in round-robin interviews with the STS-89 astronauts should fax a letter of interest to Eileen Hawley in Johnson Public Affairs by close of business on Jan. 9, at 281/483-2000. The round-robin interviews will not be seen on NASA TV.

STS-89 PRE-FLIGHT BRIEFINGS Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998 (All times shown are EST) 9:00 a.m. Mission Overview (Originating from JSC) Phil Engelauf, STS-89 Lead Flight Director 10:00 a.m. Mir 24 Pre-EVA Activities Briefing (JSC) Frank Culbertson, Director, Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program Greg Harbaugh, Acting Manager, EVA Projects Office 10:45 a.m. Phase One Overview (JSC) Frank Culbertson, Director, Shuttle-Mir Phase One Program Valery Ryumin, Director, RSC Energia, Phase One Program John Uri, Shuttle-Mir Mission Scientist

Noon

Lunar Prospector Press Conference (ARC)

1:00 p.m. Spacehab Briefing (JSC) Mike Bain, Shuttle-Mir Program Manager, Spacehab 1:30 p.m. Astroculture/X-ray Detector Test/MGM Experiment Briefing (MSFC) Joel Kearns, Microgravity Research Program Manager, MSFC Dr. Daniel Carter, New Century Pharmaceuticals Dr. Raymond Bula, University of Wisconsin Buddy Guynes, Project Manager, MGM experiment 2:30 p.m. STS-89 CREW PRESS CONFERENCE (JSC) Terrence Wilcutt, Mission Commander Joe Edwards, Pilot Jim Reilly, Mission Specialist-1 Mike Anderson, Mission Specialist-2 Bonnie Dunbar, Payload Commander/Mission Specialist3 Salizhan Sharipov, Mission Specialist-4 Andy Thomas, Mission Specialist-5 3:30 p.m. STS-89 Crew Round Robins Note: The round robin interview event with the STS-89 crew is a local JSC event only and will not be carried on NASA TV. JSC - Johnson Space Center KSC - Kennedy Space Center ARC - Ames Research Center MSFC - Marshall Space Flight Center