May 22, 2012
Station Crew Taking Questions About Commercial Spacecraft
International Space Station crew members will answer questions from reporters following the scheduled hatch opening of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Three of the six Expedition 31 station residents will be available during a news conference that will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at 10:25 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 26. The news conference is subject to change depending on real-time operational events aboard the space station.
Expedition 31 flight engineers Don Pettit and Joseph Acaba of NASA and Andre Kuipers of the European Space Agency will speak with reporters. The crew members will discuss the demonstration flight of the Dragon spacecraft and the implications of commercial spaceflight for the space station. Dragon is set to be the first commercial cargo spacecraft to berth to the station. Because this is a test flight, the Dragon is carrying non-critical cargo, including additional food and clothing for the station residents. Dragon also is carrying a collection of student experiments.
The exact time of the news conference is subject to change. For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For more information about the SpaceX mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacex
For more information about the International Space Station and its crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station