January 14, 2009

Expedition 19 Crew Briefing Set

NASA will hold a media briefing Thursday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. CST, with the next resident crew of the International Space Station.

The briefing will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Questions will be taken from reporters at participating NASA locations.

The briefing participants are:

- Expedition 19 Commander and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka

- Expedition 19 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Michael Barratt

- Expedition 19 Flight Engineer and NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra

On March 25, Padalka, Barratt and U.S. spaceflight participant Charles Simonyi will launch to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Simonyi will return to Earth with Expedition 18 Commander Michael Fincke and Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov April 5 in a Soyuz following a handover period.

Simonyi is training in Russia and will not be participating in the news conference.


Image Caption: The Expedition 19 crew members from left are Commander Gennady Padalka and flight engineers Michael Barratt, Koichi Wakata and Timothy Kopra. Padalka is a cosmonaut representing Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency. Wakata is an astronaut representing the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Image credit: NASA


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