Debra J. Rahn

Headquarters, Washington, DC

(Phone: 202/358-1638)


The Zvezda Service Module, the cornerstone of Russia’s
contribution to the International Space Station, is targeted for
launch between July 8 and 14, 2000, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan.

Zvezda (Russian for “star”) is the Russian-built module that
will serve as the living quarters for the first resident crew and
provide control of the station until the arrival of the U.S.
Destiny Laboratory next year.

News media wishing to cover the Zvezda launch must request
press accreditation no later than May 30, 2000, as follows:

U.S. news media representatives should send a fax to:

Ms. Debra Rahn

PAO for International Relations

NASA Headquarters

Washington, DC 20546

Fax: 202/358-2983


The fax must be on the organization’s letterhead with the
media representative’s full name, title, organization, address,
telephone and fax numbers, passport number with issuance and
expiration dates, date and place of birth, citizenship and city
where the visa will be issued. A media representative requiring a
letter of invitation to obtain a Russian visa should fax a copy of
the first page of his or her passport.

Canadian, European and Japanese news media representatives
should contact their nations’ space agency public affairs offices
to request press accreditation as follows:

Canadian Space Agency:

Anna Kapiniari

Manager, Public and Media Relations

St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada

Tel: 450/926-4350

Fax: 450/926-4352


European Space Agency:

Mr. Franco Bonacina

Media Relations

Paris, France

Tel: 33 1 5369 7713

Fax: 33 1 5369 7690


National Space Development Agency of Japan:

Keiichi Yamada

Public Relations Office

Tokyo, Japan




Each space agency must submit a list of its news media to the
Russian Aviation and Space Agency 45 days prior to launch. A
dual-entry visa is required for anyone traveling to Baikonur. The
Khrunichev Space Center will provide letters of invitation for
news media requiring visas.

Russian visa forms are available in newsrooms at NASA’s
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; Kennedy Space Center, FL; and
Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Other items of interest are described below.

Cost: $1,000 U.S. dollars per person. The cost includes
round-trip air transportation from Moscow to Baikonur and return,
local transportation, and meals. Payment must be transferred no
later than 30 days prior to launch to:

The Riggs National Bank

McLean Branch

6805 Old Dominion Drive

McLean, Virginia 22101


Account no. 01-819-232/InfoMOST

Transit code: 05-600-00-12-60

Tour of Baikonur: Arrangements have been made for the news
media to tour the Soyuz launch pad, the Service Module checkout
building and the Proton integration building.

Communication Equipment: News media representatives who plan
to use satellite phones or other communication equipment at the
Baikonur launch site must send a fax requesting approval no later
than 45 days prior to launch directly to:

Mr. Sergei Jiltsov

Head, Public Relations Department

Khrunichev Space Center

Moscow, Russia

Fax: 7 095 145 9203

Tel: 7 095 145 9802

Requests should include a description of the equipment and
frequency. GSM 900 telephones are approved for use at Baikonur.
Mr. Jiltsov can provide a list of companies in Moscow where the
GSM 900 can be purchased or leased.

Baikonur Communication Center: Located in the Proton
Conference Hall. There are telephone and fax machines available.
Telephone and fax charges will be provided closer to launch.

Pre-Launch Tour of Khrunichev Space Center, Moscow, Russia:
A tour of the Proton Assembly Department and the Space Station
hardware will be arranged on Launch minus One Day (L-1). News
media interested in participating should contact Mr. Sergei
Jiltsov directly.

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