Ray Castillo

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-4555)

Rob Navias

Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

(Phone: 281/483-5111)


NASA TV plans live coverage of the International Space
Station’s automated docking to the Russian Zvezda Service Module
on Tuesday, July 25. The addition of Zvezda to the orbiting
outpost sets the stage for the beginning of human habitation
aboard the Station, which will begin this Fall.

Coverage on NASA TV will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT with
commentary originating from both the Russian Mission Control
Center in Korolev, Russia, where the docking will be supervised by
Russian flight controllers, and the International Space Station
Flight Control Room at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. The
actual linkup is scheduled at approximately 8:53 p.m. EDT.

Live television is expected from Zvezda’s external black and
white camera as the module passes over Russian ground stations
shortly before the docking, showing the Station approaching for
its linkup with the newest component to the international
facility. Zvezda will serve as the first living quarters for
astronauts, cosmonauts and other international researchers aboard
the International Space Station.

Shortly after docking, a news conference will be held at the
Russian Mission Control Center involving US and Russian flight
controllers. The news conference will be broadcast live on NASA
TV, with questions from reporters in Korolev only.

NASA TV can be found on GE-2, Transponder 9C, 85 degrees West
longitude, vertical polarization with a frequency of 3880 MHz and
audio at 6.8 MHz.