International Space Station Astronauts Receive Father's Day Gifts

RadioShack Provides Talking Picture Frames With Photos, Messages From

Astronauts' Daughters



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from RadioShack Corporation

    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Russian cosmonauts are
 delivering surprise Father's Day gifts for American astronaut James Voss and
 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev.  RadioShack (NYSE:   RSH) is sending them
 talking picture frames with photos and 10-second voice messages from their
 daughters.
     Today's Soyuz docking is the last opportunity to have a crew deliver
 Father's Day gifts before Sunday, June 17.  The visiting Soyuz cosmonaut crew
 of Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin, who blasted off from Baikonur,
 Kazakhstan, on April 28, carried both frames up to the International Space
 Station.
     Each talking picture frame is a pocket-sized black square that opens like
 a book to reveal a photograph on one side and a microphone and speaker on the
 other.  The frame records a message up to 10 seconds in length with the simple
 press of a button.
     Kristie Voss, a 21-year-old student at the University of Texas at Austin,
 sent her dad, James Voss, a recent photo with voice greetings from her and her
 dog: "Hey dad, I hope you have a great Father's Day aboard the Station.  I
 wish Cody and I could be with you.  I love you, Kris."
     The other gift was personalized by 12-year-old Evgenia Usachev for her
 father, Yuri Usachev.  She recorded her greeting at her parents' apartment in
 Korolev, Russia:  "Hey dad, we are wishing you good fortune and success in
 your job, and good relationships with the crew."
     The frames underwent extensive safety analyses and vacuum chamber tests
 before being certified for flight last week.  The tests confirmed the picture
 frames weren't an electrical hazard and would not give off any dangerous fumes
 in the recycled atmosphere of the space station.
     Photos of the two daughters and recordings of their greetings are
 available at www.lunacorp.com.
     LunaCorp of Fairfax, VA, set up the picture frame project for RadioShack
 by collaborating with MirCorp of the Netherlands and NASA's multimedia
 partner, Dreamtime.  The companies jointly earned the approvals required from
 Rosviakosmos (the Russian space agency), NASA, and RSC Energia, which is the
 Russian company that builds the Soyuz vehicles.
     RadioShack also is working on a way to honor Susan Helms, the third member
 of the Expedition Two crew who is now on the station.  Helms plays keyboard in
 the astronaut band "Max Q" when she's on Earth, and RadioShack would like to
 send Max Q music to the space station via the MP3 players the retailer sells.
     "Our MP3 players are the next perfect gift for the space station," said
 Jim McDonald, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for
 RadioShack.  "MP3 players take up virtually no room since they're smaller than
 a deck of cards, and you can always get new music delivered instantly by
 computer link even when you are very, very far away from home.  Plus, no
 matter what acrobatics the astronauts do in zero gravity, the MP3 players will
 not skip."
     LunaCorp and RadioShack will work with NASA and Rosviakosmos over the next
 few months to ensure that the MP3 players are "space qualified" -- able to fly
 to the International Space Station without posing any danger to the crew or
 environment.
 
     About RadioShack
     RadioShack Corporation is the nation's largest and most trusted consumer
 electronics retailer and offers both on- and off-line shopping convenience.
 With more than 7,200 stores and dealers, RadioShack sells more wireless
 telephones, telecommunications products and electronics parts and accessories
 than any other retailer.  Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is RadioShack's
 space ambassador.  For more information, visit the RadioShack corporate Web
 site at www.radioshackcorporation.com.
 
     About LunaCorp
     LunaCorp is developing a series of space initiatives including landing a
 remotely controlled high-bandwidth robot on the Moon in late 2003.  RadioShack
 became the Moon robot's first corporate sponsor last year.  A prototype lunar
 robot, built by LunaCorp's technical partners at the Robotics Institute of
 Carnegie Mellon University, will carry out field trials this July in the
 Canadian Arctic at Houghton Crater.  For more information, contact LunaCorp
 President David Gump at 1-703-207-4500 or visit the Web site:
 www.lunacorp.com.
 
     About MirCorp
     MirCorp is the leading manned commercial space exploration company,
 working with customers in the media and in private tourism.  It is developing
 a man-tended module capable of being docked to the International Space
 Station.  Corporate headquarters are in Amsterdam, Netherlands (telephone:
 +31 20 520 68 40); the media contact is Jeffrey Lenorovitz of the InfoWEST
 Group (U.S. telephone: +1-703-448-5669, European cellular: +33 6 80 85 86 25).
 
     About Dreamtime
     DREAMTiME, a privately held Silicon Valley-based new media company, is
 focused on increasing awareness of space through education and multimedia
 technology.  Under the terms of a multi-year agreement with the National
 Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), DREAMTiME is digitizing existing
 NASA archives and providing new content for a variety of outlets including
 broadcast, film and the Web.  This collaboration was made possible by The
 Commercial Space Act of 1998.
 
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SOURCE RadioShack Corporation
    FORT WORTH, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Russian cosmonauts are
 delivering surprise Father's Day gifts for American astronaut James Voss and
 Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev.  RadioShack (NYSE:   RSH) is sending them
 talking picture frames with photos and 10-second voice messages from their
 daughters.
     Today's Soyuz docking is the last opportunity to have a crew deliver
 Father's Day gifts before Sunday, June 17.  The visiting Soyuz cosmonaut crew
 of Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin, who blasted off from Baikonur,
 Kazakhstan, on April 28, carried both frames up to the International Space
 Station.
     Each talking picture frame is a pocket-sized black square that opens like
 a book to reveal a photograph on one side and a microphone and speaker on the
 other.  The frame records a message up to 10 seconds in length with the simple
 press of a button.
     Kristie Voss, a 21-year-old student at the University of Texas at Austin,
 sent her dad, James Voss, a recent photo with voice greetings from her and her
 dog: "Hey dad, I hope you have a great Father's Day aboard the Station.  I
 wish Cody and I could be with you.  I love you, Kris."
     The other gift was personalized by 12-year-old Evgenia Usachev for her
 father, Yuri Usachev.  She recorded her greeting at her parents' apartment in
 Korolev, Russia:  "Hey dad, we are wishing you good fortune and success in
 your job, and good relationships with the crew."
     The frames underwent extensive safety analyses and vacuum chamber tests
 before being certified for flight last week.  The tests confirmed the picture
 frames weren't an electrical hazard and would not give off any dangerous fumes
 in the recycled atmosphere of the space station.
     Photos of the two daughters and recordings of their greetings are
 available at www.lunacorp.com.
     LunaCorp of Fairfax, VA, set up the picture frame project for RadioShack
 by collaborating with MirCorp of the Netherlands and NASA's multimedia
 partner, Dreamtime.  The companies jointly earned the approvals required from
 Rosviakosmos (the Russian space agency), NASA, and RSC Energia, which is the
 Russian company that builds the Soyuz vehicles.
     RadioShack also is working on a way to honor Susan Helms, the third member
 of the Expedition Two crew who is now on the station.  Helms plays keyboard in
 the astronaut band "Max Q" when she's on Earth, and RadioShack would like to
 send Max Q music to the space station via the MP3 players the retailer sells.
     "Our MP3 players are the next perfect gift for the space station," said
 Jim McDonald, senior vice president of marketing and advertising for
 RadioShack.  "MP3 players take up virtually no room since they're smaller than
 a deck of cards, and you can always get new music delivered instantly by
 computer link even when you are very, very far away from home.  Plus, no
 matter what acrobatics the astronauts do in zero gravity, the MP3 players will
 not skip."
     LunaCorp and RadioShack will work with NASA and Rosviakosmos over the next
 few months to ensure that the MP3 players are "space qualified" -- able to fly
 to the International Space Station without posing any danger to the crew or
 environment.
 
     About RadioShack
     RadioShack Corporation is the nation's largest and most trusted consumer
 electronics retailer and offers both on- and off-line shopping convenience.
 With more than 7,200 stores and dealers, RadioShack sells more wireless
 telephones, telecommunications products and electronics parts and accessories
 than any other retailer.  Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin is RadioShack's
 space ambassador.  For more information, visit the RadioShack corporate Web
 site at www.radioshackcorporation.com.
 
     About LunaCorp
     LunaCorp is developing a series of space initiatives including landing a
 remotely controlled high-bandwidth robot on the Moon in late 2003.  RadioShack
 became the Moon robot's first corporate sponsor last year.  A prototype lunar
 robot, built by LunaCorp's technical partners at the Robotics Institute of
 Carnegie Mellon University, will carry out field trials this July in the
 Canadian Arctic at Houghton Crater.  For more information, contact LunaCorp
 President David Gump at 1-703-207-4500 or visit the Web site:
 www.lunacorp.com.
 
     About MirCorp
     MirCorp is the leading manned commercial space exploration company,
 working with customers in the media and in private tourism.  It is developing
 a man-tended module capable of being docked to the International Space
 Station.  Corporate headquarters are in Amsterdam, Netherlands (telephone:
 +31 20 520 68 40); the media contact is Jeffrey Lenorovitz of the InfoWEST
 Group (U.S. telephone: +1-703-448-5669, European cellular: +33 6 80 85 86 25).
 
     About Dreamtime
     DREAMTiME, a privately held Silicon Valley-based new media company, is
 focused on increasing awareness of space through education and multimedia
 technology.  Under the terms of a multi-year agreement with the National
 Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), DREAMTiME is digitizing existing
 NASA archives and providing new content for a variety of outlets including
 broadcast, film and the Web.  This collaboration was made possible by The
 Commercial Space Act of 1998.
 
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