The Expedition Three crew’s preparations for the first
spacewalk staged from the new Russian docking compartment and
airlock on the International Space Station are among the
topics scheduled to be discussed during a mission status
briefing, now set for Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. EDT from
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The crew members, American Commander Frank Culbertson and
Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin, are
in the eighth week of their four-month mission.

Much of crew’s work in the upcoming week will focus on a
four-hour spacewalk scheduled for Oct. 8 to connect
electrical and data cables between the Russian docking
compartment, known as Pirs, and the Zvezda Service Module.
Two additional spacewalks are scheduled for Oct. 14 and Nov. 5.

Participants in the briefing will include:

* Mark Ferring, ISS Lead Stage Flight Director

* Melissa Gard, Expedition Three Increment Manager

* Glenda Laws, Expedition Three EVA Officer

* John Uri, Expedition Three Increment Scientist

The briefing will be broadcast on NASA Television, available
on GE-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees West longitude,
vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and
audio of 6.8 MHz.

Media wishing to participate in the briefing should contact
the NASA center from which they wish to participate to
determine accreditation procedures.