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Briefing, NASA TV Coverage Set For Space Station Spacewalk


Nov. 14, 2006 - Houston - NASA officials will hold a briefing at 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 16, to discuss an upcoming spacewalk from the International Space Station. The six-hour spacewalk is planned for the night before Thanksgiving.

On Nov. 22, Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin will retrieve equipment and photograph the station’s Russian Zvezda Service Module’s docking port. Tyurin also will hit a golf ball from a specially designed tee mounted on the Pirs airlock as part of a Russian commercial activity. Flight Engineer Thomas Reiter will remain inside the station tending to systems during the spacewalk.

Both the preview briefing and the spacewalk will be broadcast live on NASA Television. During the briefing, questions will be taken from media at participating NASA sites. Journalists must contact their preferred NASA location by Nov. 15 for participation details.

Briefing particpants include:
-- Kirk Shireman, deputy International Space Station program manager
-- Holly Ridings, lead spacewalk flight director
-- Paul Boehm, Expedition 14 lead spacewalk officer
-- Julie Robinson, International Space Station acting program scientist

The spacewalk coverage begins at 4 p.m. on NASA TV and the agency’s Internet homepage. The spacewalk begins at 5 p.m.

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