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Next Space Station Crew Available For Media Interviews

July 21, 2011

The next crew to launch to the International Space Station will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 27 at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Reporters may ask questions from participating NASA centers or by phone.

NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin are set to launch aboard a Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft on Sept. 22. The three Expedition 29 crew members will participate in round-robin interviews. To reserve an interview opportunity, U.S. media representatives must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. Monday, July 25.

To participate in the news conference from a NASA center, U.S. journalists must call the center’s public affairs office by 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday, July 26. Reporters participating in the briefing by phone must be credentialed by a NASA center and call the Johnson newsroom by 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

Burbank also will be available for live satellite interviews between 3:10 and 4:30 p.m. on July 27. NASA TV will air b-roll footage of Expedition 29 mission preparations beginning at 2:30 p.m. that day. To participate in Burbank’s satellite interviews, reporters must contact Stephanie Stoll at 281-483-9071 or stephanie.r.stoll@nasa.gov by 3 p.m. on July 26.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin are three of six crew members who will comprise Expeditions 29 and 30. Aboard the station, they will join Expedition 29 NASA astronaut Mike Fossum, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Satoshi Furukawa and cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, who will stay aboard the station until November.

Burbank’s live satellite interviews will air on NASA’s Live Interview Media Outlet channel. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 3, transponder 9C, located 87 degrees west, downlink frequency 3865.5 MHz based on a standard C-band, horizontal downlink polarity. FEC is ¾, data rate is 6.0 Mbps, symbol rate is 4.3404 Msps, transmission DVB-S, 4:2:0.

For astronaut and cosmonaut biographical information visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/bios

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

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




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