WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who is making final preparations for an April 20 launch to the International Space Station, will be available for live satellite interviews from 8 to 9 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 4. The interviews will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
The interviews, from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, will be preceded at 7:30 a.m. by a video b-roll feed highlighting his mission training.
To participate in the interviews, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 3 p.m. Friday, March 31. Media participating in the interviews must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:
Fischer, a native of Louisville, Colorado, will depart the next day for final pre-launch training at the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. He's scheduled to launch on his first space mission April 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on a Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. They are scheduled to return to Earth in September.
Their flight plan calls for an arrival at the station six hours after launch. They will join Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet. The team will continue several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science currently underway and scheduled to take place aboard humankind's only orbiting lab.
Fischer graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998.
A U.S. Air Force colonel, Fischer was selected for NASA's 20th astronaut class in July 2009 and completed training in 2011. He has been a Capsule Communicator and worked in the Astronaut Office supporting the ISS Operations, ISS Integration, Soyuz and Exploration teams.
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