[sarex] NASA Sets Briefing to Preview Series of Space Station Spacewalks
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> Jan. 23, 2007
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> NASA SETS BRIEFING TO PREVIEW SERIES OF SPACE STATION SPACEWALKS
> HOUSTON - NASA will preview an unprecedented series of four spacewalks
> to be conducted from the International Space Station during the next
> month in a media briefing scheduled for Friday, Jan. 26. The briefing
> will air live on NASA Television and streamed on the Internet at
> The 1 p.m. CST briefing will originate from NASA's Johnson Space
> Center, Houston, and will include questions from media
> representatives at participating NASA locations. Reporters are asked
> to call their preferred field center before the briefing and
> spacewalks to confirm its availability.
> Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Suni
> Williams will begin the series of spacewalks with a six and a half
> hour excursion on Jan. 31 and subsequent spacewalks scheduled on Feb.
> 4 and Feb. 8. Those three spacewalks will be conducted using U.S.
> spacesuits and will each start from the station's Quest airlock. The
> fourth spacewalk, scheduled for later in February, will be conducted
> by Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin using Russian
> spacesuits from the station's Pirs airlock.
> Participants in the Friday, Jan. 26, press briefing will include:
> -- Kirk Shireman, deputy International Space Station program manager
> -- Derek Hassmann, International Space Station spacewalk flight
> -- Glenda Laws, lead spacewalk officer for Expedition 14
> -- Julie Robinson, International Space Station acting program
> The U.S. spacewalks will bring on line new portions of the station's
> cooling system, expanded with components that were activated during a
> space shuttle mission in December. Lopez-Alegria and Williams also
> will assist in the retraction of heat-rejecting radiators on the
> station's P6 truss, install some external devices to stow cargo and
> install cabling for a new power transfer system for future shuttle
> flights, among other tasks. On the fourth spacewalk, Lopez-Alegria
> and Tyurin will remove a stuck antenna from the Russian ISS Progress
> 23 cargo spacecraft docked to the aft end of the station. Removing
> the antenna will ensure it can safely undock in early April.
> Coverage of the Jan. 31 spacewalk on NASA TV will begin at 8 a.m.
> Coverage of the Feb. 4 and 8 spacewalks will begin at 6:30 a.m. Media
> briefings will follow the conclusion of each spacewalk and also will
> air on NASA TV and the agency's homepage.
> For NASA TV downlink, schedules and streaming video information,
> For more about the crew's activities and station sighting
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