Â NASA TV Sets Interviews for Next Shuttle Mission Flight Director
HOUSTON,TX (rushprnews) May 25, 2007 – The lead flight director for NASA’s first space shuttle mission this year, STS-117, will be available for satellite interviews from 6-8 a.m. CDT Friday, June 1.
STS-117 Lead Space Station Flight Director Kelly Beck, raised in Cahokia, Ill., will oversee a flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis. The flight continues construction of the International Space Station and brings a new crew member to orbit to begin a five-month stay and will return home a station resident who has been in orbit since December. Atlantis is targeted for launch at 6:38 p.m. CDT June 8 on an 11-day mission.
Beck will lead a team of flight directors, flight controllers, support personnel and engineering experts that will staff mission control in Houston, 24/7 during the mission. The ground control teams and spaceflight crews have used past missions’ experiences, both challenges and successes, as a guide for this next step in space station assembly. At least three spacewalks will be conducted during Atlantis’ flight.
Beckâ€™s interviews will be conducted live via the NASA Television analog satellite. To participate, media must contact Tim Hinson at NASA’s Johnson Space Center newsroom, 281-483-5111, no later than 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31.
The NASA TV analog satellite is AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude; transponder 5C, 3800 MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video information, visit:
For more information about STS-117 and its crew, visit:
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