NASA News: NASA Holds Briefings To Preview Space Station Expeditions

HOUSTON -- NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will hold two
briefings Tuesday, March 20, to preview the upcoming International
Space Station Expedition 32 and 33 missions. NASA Television and the
agency's website will broadcast the briefings live.

At 11 a.m. CDT, the International Space Station Program and Science
Overview Briefing will cover mission priorities and objectives, which
include hundreds of research experiments, a Russian spacewalk,
international and commercial cargo deliveries to the complex, and a
commercial cargo demonstration flight.

The briefing participants include:
-- Michael Suffredini, International Space Station Program manager
-- Dina Contella, Expedition 32 lead flight director
-- Tara Ruttley, associate International Space Station Program scientist

At 1 p.m., Expedition 32/33 crew members Sunita Williams of NASA,
Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Yuri
Malenchenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency will discuss their
mission. They are set to launch to the space station aboard the Soyuz
TMA-05M spacecraft July 15 and return to Earth in November.

Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko are three of the six crew members
comprising Expeditions 32 and 33. When they arrive at the station,
they will join NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba, and Russian cosmonauts
Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin.

Following the news conference, interview opportunities with the crew
members are available in person, by phone or through internet
videoconferencing. To reserve an interview opportunity, news media
representatives must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 by
5 p.m., Friday, March 16.

To participate in the news conferences from a NASA center, U.S.
journalists must call that center's public affairs office by 5 p.m.
local time on Monday, March 19. To participate in the briefings by
phone, media representatives must call the Johnson newsroom 15
minutes before each briefing. Priority will be given to journalists
participating in person; questions by 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., Monday, March 12.

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


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



"We Are The Explorers" Video Showcases Legacy Of Exploration, Future NASA Missions

HOUSTON -- A new video produced by NASA and narrated by actor Peter
Cullen of "Transformers" fame celebrates humankind's inherent need to
explore through the past, present and future.

"We Are the Explorers" shows how humanity constantly has reached for
new heights, broken new boundaries and taken steps that previously
were considered impossible. The video highlights NASA's tradition of
exploration, from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, to the
space shuttle and International Space Station. It looks ahead to
vehicles being built now that will take humans farther than they ever
have gone, including the new Orion crew vehicle and Space Launch System.

"NASA and its missions - historic, present and future - have the
ability to inspire," said NASA Associate Administrator for Human
Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier. "This video celebrates
not only the historic steps we have made as an agency, but also the
great journeys that await us as we operate the orbiting laboratory
that is the International Space Station and build the vehicles
necessary to expand human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit."

The video is available to view on a variety of NASA and social media
Web sites. It also can be freely used by teachers and students for
educational purposes.

To view the video, visit:





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