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NASA Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson Available For Interviews

October 12, 2010

Recently returned from a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson will be available for live satellite interviews from NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston between 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. CDT on Friday, Oct. 15.

To arrange an interview, reporters should contact producer Jeremiah Maddix at 281-483-8631, 281-414-6995 or jeremiah.m.maddix@nasa.gov by 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14. Video b-roll of Dyson’s flight will air Oct 15 from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. on NASA Television.

Dyson and her crewmates launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-18 crew capsule from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in April. During the 174-day mission, Dyson served as a flight engineer for Expeditions 23 and 24 and conducted three spacewalks, logging 22 hours and 49 minutes outside the station. The crew replaced a faulty cooling pump module on the station’s backbone, known as the truss. The Expedition 24 crew landed safely in central Kazakhstan on Sept. 25.

Dyson was born and raised in Arcadia, Calif. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from California State University at Fullerton and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California at Davis. Dyson flew as a mission specialist on the STS-118 space shuttle mission. On the flight, she operated Endeavor’s robotic arm and directed four spacewalks as the intravehicular crew member.

NASA TV’s Live Interview Media Outlet channel will be used for the interviews. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 3, transponder 9C, located at 87 degrees west, downlink frequency 3865.5 Mhz based on a standard C-band, horizontal downlink polarity. FEC is 3/4, data rate is 6.0 Mbps, symbol rate is 4.3404 Msps, transmission DVB-S, 4:2:0.

The interviews also will be broadcast live on NASA TV. For streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For complete biographical information about Dyson, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/caldwell.html

For more information about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station




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