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Flight Director Set for Interviews as Shuttle Countdown Starts

By SpaceRef Editor
May 20, 2008
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Flight Director Set for Interviews as Shuttle Countdown Starts

As the next space shuttle launch countdown begins, International Space Station Flight Director Annette Hasbrook will be available for satellite interviews from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 28.

Hasbrook will lead NASA’s Mission Control during shuttle Discovery’s upcoming flight to the station. A 1985 University of Notre Dame graduate, she worked for several years with space shuttle payloads and space station assembly and checkout operations before her selection as a flight director in 2000.

Discovery is targeted to launch at 4:02 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 31, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The 14-day mission is the second of three flights to launch components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. To participate in the interviews, media should contact Michael Hare at 281-483-8631 before 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 27. B-roll of preparations for the mission will be broadcast starting at 5:30 a.m., immediately prior to the interviews.

The NASA Television Live Interview Media Outlet channel will be used for the interviews. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 6, transponder 5C, located at 72 degrees west, downlink frequency 3785.5 Mhz based on a standard C-band 5150 Mhz L.O., vertical polarity, FEO is 3/4, data rate is 6.00 Mhz, symbol rate is 4.3404 Mbaud, transmission DVB, minimum Eb/N0 is 6.0 dB. The interviews also will be broadcast live on NASA TV. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:

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SpaceRef staff editor.