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Jan 11 Briefing To Preview Upcoming Spacewalk, Soyuz Relocation And Other January Space Station Milestones

January 6, 2010

HOUSTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA officials will discuss an upcoming spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts, the relocation of a Soyuz spacecraft to a new docking port and other International Space Station activities during a briefing at 1 p.m. CST on Monday, Jan. 11. The briefing will take place at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s Web site. Reporters at participating NASA centers may ask questions.

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The briefing participants are:

- Pete Hasbrook, Expedition 22 increment manager, Johnson Space Center

- David Korth, Expedition 22 lead flight director, Johnson Space Center

On Thursday, Jan. 14, Expedition 22 cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Max Suraev will don Russian spacesuits for a six-hour spacewalk. They will prepare a new docking port and airlock named Poisk for use. NASA TV coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 3:30 a.m. Kotov and Suraev are expected to exit the Pirs airlock to begin their work at 4:10 a.m.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, Suraev and Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams will move their Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft from the Zvezda Service Module port to the new Poisk module port. NASA TV coverage of the Soyuz undocking and redocking will begin at 3:45 a.m.

Briefers also will discuss the relocation of a spare parts platform on the outside of the station and the move from the Unity node to the Harmony node of the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3. The adapter is used to interconnect spacecraft and modules with different docking mechanisms. Hasbrook and Korth also will discuss the first use of the Poisk module.

For NASA TV downlink information, schedule information and streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv 

For information about the station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station 

SOURCE NASA


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