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Expedition 30/31 Space Station Crew Conducts Briefing, Interviews

Sept. 12, 2011

Joshua Buck 
Headquarters, Washington                                         

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 



HOUSTON -- Three International Space Station crew members will discuss 
their upcoming Expedition 30 and 31 missions in a news conference at 
1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Sept. 20, from NASA's Johnson Space Center in 
Houston. The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and 
the agency's website. Reporters may ask questions from participating 
NASA centers or by phone. 

NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and 
European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers are set to launch to 
the station aboard a Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft later this year. They 
will round out the six-man crew aboard the orbiting laboratory. 

Following the news conference, round-robin interview opportunities are 
available in-person, by phone or via satellite. To reserve an 
interview opportunity, U.S. media representatives must contact the 
Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. 
To participate in the news conference from a NASA center, U.S. 
journalists must call the center's public affairs office by 5 p.m. 
local time on Monday, Sept. 19. Reporters participating in the 
briefing by phone must call the Johnson newsroom by 12:45 p.m. on 
Tuesday, Sept. 20. Priority will be given to media participating in 
person and questions from reporters on the phone will be taken as 
time permits. 

International journalists wishing to attend in person at Johnson must 
contact the newsroom and submit the required paperwork for 
credentials by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. 

Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers are three of six crew members who will 
comprise Expeditions 30 and 31. Aboard the station, they will join 
NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov 
and Anatoli Ivanishin. 

The NASA Live Interview Media Outlet (LIMO) that will be used for 
satellite interviews following the news conference 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. 

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: 


For more information about the International Space Station and its 
crew, visit: 



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