HOUSTON – NASA astronaut and Steamboat Springs, Colo., native Steven Swanson, a crewmember of the upcoming space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-117 mission, will be available for interviews by satellite Thursday, April 5. The STS-117 mission is targeted for launch this spring.

This will be the first space flight for Swanson. He will conduct one spacewalk and operate the shuttle and International Space Station robotic arms during the mission. Atlantis’ crew will deliver a third set of huge solar arrays, batteries and associated electronics to the station, setting the stage for additional international laboratories to be added later this year.

Swanson will be available for interviews Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT. B-roll of his training will air from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. To book an interview, call the NASA Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281-483-5111 or producer Tim Hinson at 281-483-7269 by 2 p.m. Thursday.

Interviews and b-roll will air on the NASA Television analog satellite, located on satellite AMC-6, 72 degrees west longitude; transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz.

Swanson was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and raised in Steamboat Springs. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a doctorate from Texas A and M University. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:


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