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Last Female Shuttle Astronaut Available For Interviews



June 02, 2011

Michael Curie 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1100 
michael.curie@xxxxxxxx 

Kylie Clem 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 
kylie.s.clem@xxxxxxxx   


MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-110

LAST FEMALE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, who will fly on the last 
space shuttle mission next month, is available for live satellite 
interviews from 7 to 9 a.m. CDT on Monday, June 6. Shuttle Atlantis 
is targeted to launch July 8 with Magnus, Commander Chris Ferguson, 
Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialist Rex Walheim to deliver 
supplies and spare equipment to the International Space Station. 

After her first spaceflight in 2002, Magnus became the 34th out of 47 
woman to fly aboard the shuttle, which launched the first American 
woman into space, Sally Ride, in 1983. With the upcoming STS-135 
launch, Magnus will be the last female astronaut to fly on the 
storied vehicle. 

Magnus is a native of Belleville, Ill. She earned a bachelor's and a 
master's from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a doctorate from 
the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a veteran of two shuttle 
flights and a 4.5-month stay aboard the station as a member of the 
Expedition 18 crew. Her first spaceflight was aboard shuttle Atlantis 
on the STS-112 mission in October 2002. She later flew to the station 
aboard shuttle Endeavour on STS-126 in November 2008 and returned to 
Earth aboard shuttle Discovery on STS-119 in March 2009. 

To arrange an interview, news media representatives must contact Karen 
Svetaka at 281-483-8684, no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, June 3. 
Participating media must tune into NASA Television's Live Interview 
Media Outlet channel. The channel is a digital satellite C-band 
downlink by uplink provider Americom. 

It is on satellite AMC 3, transponder 9C, located at 87 degrees west, 
downlink frequency 3865.5 MHz based on a standard C-band, horizontal 
downlink polarity. FEC is 3/4, data rate is 6.0 Mbps, symbol rate is 
4.3404 Msps, transmission DVB-S, 4:2:0. NASA TV will air the Magnus 
interviews live. Video b-roll of STS-135 flight preparations will air 
June 6 at 6:30 a.m. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and 
scheduling information, visit: 


http://www.nasa.gov/ntv   

For Magnus' complete biography, visit: 


http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/magnus.html   

To follow Magnus on Twitter, visit: 


http://www.twitter.com/astro_sandy   

For more information about the STS-135 mission and crew, visit: 


http://go.nasa.gov/STS-135   

	
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