Press Release

Space Station Crews to Hold In-flight Press Conference Friday

By SpaceRef Editor
April 20, 2004
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The five crewmembers spending nine days together aboard
the International Space Station will discuss the status of
their current mission Friday during an in-flight crew news
conference. The media event begins at 8:41 a.m. EDT April 23.

Media at participating NASA centers will be able to ask
questions of the crew, as will reporters in the Netherlands,
the home of European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers,
the visiting researcher on the Station.

The two crews aboard the Station will be Expedition 9
Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA ISS Science Officer Mike
Fincke, Kuipers and Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale and
Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri. Foale and Kaleri are
completing six months aboard the orbiting laboratory. Padalka
and Fincke are beginning a six-month stay. Kuipers will
return to Earth April 29 with the Expedition 8 crew.

Friday’s news conference will be broadcast live on NASA TV;
however, video from the Station is only expected during the
U.S. portion of the event, with the Dutch portion continuing
with audio only.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-
Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is
3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural
at 6.80 MHz. For information about NASA TV on the Internet,

SpaceRef staff editor.