Press Release

Expedition 24/25 Space Station Astronaut Doug Wheelock to Visit NASA’s Marshall Center April 11

By SpaceRef Editor
April 7, 2011
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Who & What: Astronaut Doug Wheelock, who lived and worked nearly six months aboard the International Space Station, will visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., April 11. Wheelock launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on June 15, 2010, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, and docked with the space station two days later. For the next 163 days, he served as a flight engineer on Expedition 24 and commander of Expedition 25.

During his mission, Wheelock and his crew members worked on more than 120 microgravity experiments in human research; biology and biotechnology; physical and materials sciences; technology development; and Earth and space sciences. Wheelock returned to Earth aboard a Soyuz on Nov. 25, 2010, landing in Kazakhstan.

When & Where: Monday, April 11

9:10-9:25 a.m. CDT – Astronaut Doug Wheelock will be available for a brief question-and-answer session with news media in Building 4663, in the Payload Operations Center viewing room.

10-11 a.m. – Wheelock will provide mission highlights to Mission Operations Laboratory employees in Building 4663.

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., Friday, April 8. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance.

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