Press Release

NASA Marks Five Years on the International Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
October 24, 2005
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NASA Marks Five Years on the International Space Station

NASA is celebrating five years of human space flight on the international space station with special activities over the next two weeks.

Five Years in Space: The Station Astronauts 3 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Oct. 27:

Events start Thursday with a panel discussion and news conference featuring former station residents at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston. The event airs live on NASA TV, and will include questions from media and employees at Johnson and other participating NASA locations. Video highlights of the past five years on the station air before the discussion.


  • Jim Voss, Expedition 2 Flight Engineer
  • Peggy Whitson, Expedition 5 Flight Engineer
  • Ed Lu, Expedition 7 Flight Engineer
  • Michael Foale, Expedition 8 Commander
  • Mike Fincke, Expedition 9 Flight Engineer

NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they’re on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. A Digital Video Broadcast compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder is required for reception. For digital downlink information for each NASA TV channel and access to NASA TV’s Public Channel on the Web, visit:

Five Years in Space: Satellite Interviews With Expedition 11 7:30 to 9 a.m. EST, Wednesday, Nov. 2: To book an interview, media must contact the Johnson newsroom at: 281/483-5111, NLT 1 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer John Phillips returned from the station Oct. 10. Krikalev and Phillips, an Arizona native, will discuss their experiences during their six-month stay aboard the station. Krikalev was a member of the first station crew. He is the only crew member to serve in two expeditions.

The interviews will air on the NASA TV analog satellite, AMC 6 transponder 5C, located at 72 degrees west longitude, with a downlink frequency of 3800 MHz, vertical polarization. The audio is at 6.8 MHz. Video highlights from Expedition 11 will air 20 minutes prior to the first interview and after the last interview.

Five Years in Space: Special Edition Interactive Web page:

Web visitors can check opportunities to see the station; look at the best of more than 175,000 images taken by station crews; view the highlights of station operations over the past five years; and locate hometown images on a special Web site, at:

The first station crew arrived on the complex on Nov. 2, 2000. The station is the largest and most complex spacecraft ever built. The result of a 16-nation partnership led by the United States, it is the largest international space project in history. Twelve crews have lived on the station, conducting assembly and research work. Station crews have logged more time in space than all other U.S. spacecraft combined.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:

SpaceRef staff editor.