New videotaped interviews with the crews of NASA’s next space shuttle and International Space Station missions are available. Highlights will air on the NASA TV Video File on the Media Channel starting at noon EST, today.

Individual interviews were recorded with the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-121) astronauts and the station crew. The shuttle flight, targeted for launch no earlier than May, will check orbiter safety improvements and resupply the space station. The shuttle crew includes mission commander Steve Lindsey, pilot Mark Kelly; mission specialists Mike Fossum, Piers Sellers, Lisa Nowak and Stephanie Wilson. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter will launch on Discovery and stay on the station for several months.

The next station crew, Expedition 13, will launch on a Soyuz spacecraft March 30. Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov is commander, and astronaut Jeff Williams is flight engineer. Reiter will join the Expedition 13 crew for his time onboard the station.

Videotapes of the complete interviews are available by contacting NASA’s Johnson Space Center newsroom at: (281) 483-5111.

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