NASA Flight Directors Available For Interviews On Shuttle Atlantis' Last Scheduled Mission

HOUSTON -- NASA Flight Directors Michael Sarafin of Herkimer, N.Y.,
and Emily Nelson of Austin, Texas, are available for live satellite
interviews from 6 to 7 a.m. CDT Friday, May 7. Nelson and Sarafin
will discuss the upcoming space shuttle Atlantis STS-132 mission to
the International Space Station and their roles as flight directors.

The shuttle and its crew are scheduled to lift off at 2:20 p.m. EDT,
Friday, May 14 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The
mission currently is the last flight scheduled for Atlantis.
Including STS-132, there are only three remaining shuttle missions
scheduled before the fleet is retired.

To participate in the interviews, reporters should contact Jeremiah
Maddix at 281-483-8631 before 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 6.

Sarafin will be available from 6 to 6:30 a.m. He is the lead shuttle
flight director for STS-132. Sarafin, a NASA flight director since
2005, has supported 10 shuttle missions, including three as the lead
shuttle flight director. He served in NASA's Mission Control as a
shuttle flight controller for 10 years and graduated from Clarkson
University in Potsdam, N.Y.

Nelson will be available from 6:30 to 7 a.m. She is the lead space
station flight director for STS-132 and has been a NASA flight
director since 2007. Since 1998, Nelson served as a flight controller
overseeing the station's thermal systems. She is a graduate of the
University of Texas in Austin.

The six astronauts for the mission will deliver the Russian-built Mini
Research Module, also known as Rassvet (dawn in Russian) to the
station. The flight also will deliver critical spare parts and cargo.
During the 12-day mission, three spacewalks are planned.

The NASA Television Live Interview Media Outlet channel will be used
for the interviews. 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.

The NASA TV Live Interview Media Outlet channel will air b-roll
footage of preparations for the STS-132 mission beginning at 5:30
a.m. The interviews also will be broadcast live on NASA TV. For
streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:


For more information about the STS-132 mission, visit:


For more information about the space station, visit:


Source: NASA

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