July 11, 2013

NASA Astronaut Tom Marshburn Discusses Spaceflight At Newseum During Live Spacewalk

NASA is inviting news media representatives to a discussion with astronaut Tom Marshburn from 8:00-9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 16 at the Newseum in Washington.

Marshburn will appear in person to answer Newseum visitors' questions while astronauts Chris Cassidy of NASA and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency are conducting a planned 6 1/2-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station in Earth orbit. Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute, will moderate the program.

Cassidy and Parmitano will venture outside the station's Quest airlock for assembly and maintenance work, as well as preparations for a new Russian module. The spacewalk begins at 8:10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on the Newseum's atrium screen.

Marshburn is the latest astronaut to perform a spacewalk and return to Earth. He has spent more than 24 hours on spacewalks, including 5 1/2 hours in May to fix an ammonia leak outside the space station. His first spaceflight was aboard space shuttle Endeavour during its space station assembly mission in July 2009. Marshburn returned to the space station as a flight engineer of Expeditions 34 and 35 from December to May.

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact Jonathan Thompson at 202-292-6353 or [email protected] by noon on Monday, July 15. The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington. Media check-in will be located at the museum's group entrance on C Street NW.

When the Newseum opens to the public at 9 a.m., visitors with regular paid admission will be admitted to the final portion of the program. Seating is on a space-available basis.

For NASA TV live streams of the spacewalk and Newseum event, visit:  http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For Tom Marshburn's astronaut biography, visit:  http://go.nasa.gov/Marshburn

For more information about the Newseum, visit:  http://www.newseum.org


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