Astronauts Aboard the Space Station Talk With Troops in Iraq

Astronauts Aboard the Space Station Talk With Troops in Iraq; Brave Men and Women on Both Sides of the Holiday Hookup Are Far From Home

— Some U.S. forces in Iraq will get the chance during the holidays to talk with two NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station who also are far away from their families and friends. A 20-minute live video downlink will start at 8 a.m. CST on Dec. 29. The event will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s Web site.

Station Commander Jeff Williams, a retired U.S. Army colonel, and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer, an Army colonel, will talk with U.S. forces while orbiting 220 miles above Earth. Service members will have the chance to talk with the astronauts about life on the station, their military careers and what it is like to live in space for up to six months.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the conversations, with video from aboard the station during the event. A video file will be available later in the day, with edited footage from both the station and the service members in Iraq.

John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington     
Josh Byerly
Johnson Space Center, Houston

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