On Tuesday, April 29 at 11:28 a.m. EDT, reporters will have the chance to speak with incoming and outgoing crews of the International Space Station during an on-orbit news conference. NASA Television will broadcast the event live, one day after the arrival of the Expedition 7 crew aboard the Station. The crews will spend six days together.
Only 18 minutes of downlink television and audio are available for the news conference. Reporters at participating NASA centers will have the first 12 minutes to question the astronauts and cosmonauts. The final portion of the news conference is reserved for questions from Russian reporters at the Mission Control Center, Korolev, Russia. NASA TV will broadcast a translated version of the Russian segment as soon as available.
Expedition 7 Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer/NASA International Space Station Science Officer Ed Lu begin their six-month mission April 25, on board a Soyuz TMA-2 spacecraft, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at approximately 11:54 p.m. EDT.
On May 3, at approximately 10:03 p.m. EDT, Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox, Soyuz Commander Nikolai Budarin and NASA Space Station Science Officer Don Pettit land in Kazakhstan on board the Soyuz TMA-1 craft that was docked to the Station during their five-and-a-half month mission.
NASA TV is broadcast on AMC-2, Transponder 9C at 85 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization, with a frequency of 3880 MHz, and audio of 6.8 MHz.