July 14, 2010

NASA Sets Briefing to Preview Space Station Spacewalk

NASA officials will discuss an upcoming International Space Station spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts during a news briefing at 2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 21.

The briefing will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Questions will be taken from journalists at participating NASA locations.

The briefers are:

- Dan Hartman, Integration and Mission Operations manager, International Space Station Program
- Chris Edelen, Expedition 24 spacewalk flight director

On Monday, July 26, Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail Kornienko will wear Russian spacesuits for a six-hour spacewalk. They will prepare the recently delivered Russian Rassvet Module for future automated dockings by Russian spacecraft. NASA TV coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 10 p.m. Yurchikhin and Kornienko are expected to exit the Pirs airlock to begin their work at 10:45 p.m. It will be Yurchikhin's third spacewalk and the first for Kornienko.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the station and the Expedition 24 crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station