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STS-124 Shuttle Crew to Visit NASA Headquarters, Available for Interviews

By SpaceRef Editor
July 8, 2008
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STS-124 Shuttle Crew to Visit NASA Headquarters, Available for Interviews

One month after the landing of space shuttle Discovery, NASA Headquarters in Washington is preparing to welcome the astronauts of the STS-124 crew, which wrapped up a mission to the International Space Station on June 14.

The STS-124 crew members will share mission highlights with NASA employees, their families and reporters at NASA Headquarters’ James E. Webb Auditorium, 300 E. Street, S.W., on Tuesday, July 15, at 1 p.m. EDT. The crew’s presentation will air live on NASA Television’s education channel. Immediately following their presentation, the astronauts will be available for media interviews from 2 to 3 p.m. in the auditorium. Interested reporters should contact John Yembrick at 202-358-0602 by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14.

The 14-day shuttle flight delivered two new sections of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory to the station. During three spacewalks, the crew installed the Japanese Pressurized Module and Kibo’s robotic arm system. The flight also delivered station resident Greg Chamitoff to the outpost. Discovery returned with Garrett Reisman, who spent three months aboard the complex.

The STS-124 crew members who will attend the event are: Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham, Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Garrett Reisman, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

The astronauts also will attend a reception in their honor at the Japanese ambassador’s residence the evening of July 17. Journalists are invited to attend. Further information on that event will be provided in a media advisory from the Japanese Embassy.

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CONTACT: John Yembrick of NASA Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-0602

SpaceRef staff editor.