The next mission to the International Space Station, the
return of the current residents, and science findings from a
previous mission is the focus of a series of NASA briefings.

The briefings begin at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, September 29 at
NASA Headquarters, Washington and continue at NASA’s Johnson
Space Center (JSC), Houston. Reporters at participating NASA
centers will be able to ask questions during the news
briefings, which will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

NASA Television is available on AMC-9, transponder 9C, C-
Band, located at 85 degrees west longitude. The frequency is
3880.0 MHz. Polarization is vertical, and audio is monaural
at 6.80 MHz.

At 1 p.m. EDT Monday, scientists who conducted experiments
during Expedition 6, which ended in April, will share what
was learned and how that knowledge will be applied on future
Expeditions. The participants from NASA Headquarters are:

  • Dr. Peter Cavanagh, Principal Investigator, FOOT/Ground Reaction Forces During Spaceflight experiment, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio
  • Dr. Alice Gast, Principal Investigator, InSPACE (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregrates from Colloidal Emulsions), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Don Pettit, Expedition 6 Space Station Science Officer
  • Roger Crouch, Station Senior Scientist

At 2 p.m. EDT, the following NASA officials at JSC will
discuss the ongoing and upcoming Station missions.

  • William Gerstenmaier, International Space Station Program Manager
  • Joel Montalbano, Expedition 8 Lead Flight Director
  • Peter Hasbrook, Expedition 8 Increment Manager
  • Dr. Merri Sanchez, Expedition 7 Increment Manager
  • Dr. Donald Thomas, Space Station Program Scientist
  • Dr. Janice Voss, Expedition 8 Increment Scientist
  • Dr. Thomas Marshburn, Expedition 7 Lead Flight Surgeon

Expedition 8 Commander and NASA International Space Station
Science Officer Michael Foale, Flight Engineer and Soyuz
Commander Alexander Kaleri of the Russian Aviation and Space
Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and Spain’s Pedro Duque of the
European Space Agency are scheduled to be launched October 18
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz TMA-3
vehicle. They’re scheduled to dock to the Space Station on
October 20.

Foale and Kaleri will replace Expedition 7 Commander Yuri
Malenchenko and NASA Station Science Officer Ed Lu, who have
been in orbit since late April. Malenchenko and Lu, along
with Duque, will return to Earth October 28.

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