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Space Station Astronaut John Phillips to Discuss Mission That Saw Shuttle Return

By SpaceRef Editor
November 28, 2005
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Space Station Astronaut John Phillips to Discuss Mission That Saw Shuttle Return

The public is invited to relive six months in space, including the first space shuttle visit to the International Space Station in over two years, with astronaut John Phillips, who returned to Earth last month.

Phillips will discuss his mission to the space station during a 6:30 p.m. CST Dec. 1 presentation at Space Center Houston. During his stay on the orbiting complex, Discovery became the first space shuttle to fly since the Columbia accident. During his flight, Phillips also became the first person to testify live to Congress from Earth orbit.

The event is free and will include slides, videos and a question-and-answer session in the Space Center Theater. Doors will open at 6 p.m. CST. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the 580-seat theater fills, guests will be seated in an adjacent area and may watch the program on closed-circuit television.

Phillips served as Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer during the Expedition 11 flight, launching on April 17 and landing Oct. 10 in Kazakhstan. The mission was commanded by cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. During the flight, Krikalev accumulated more career time in space than any other person. Discovery and her crew of seven visited the station July 28 to Aug. 6.

While in orbit, Phillips testified before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics via television. With Krikalev, he also conducted a spacewalk and continued work on science experiments to further the understanding of human physiology and the space environment.

SpaceRef staff editor.