WASHINGTON, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Space Station partner agencies will commemorate the golden anniversary of human spaceflight and 30 years of space shuttle flights on Tuesday, April 12, with a news conference featuring the six crew members in orbit 220 miles above Earth.
The 30-minute news conference will begin at 11:45 a.m. EDT and will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Accredited media representatives may participate from NASA Headquarters in Washington, the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida and international partner locations. To attend U.S. journalists must contact their respective NASA newsroom by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 11.
Expedition 27, the 27th crew to live and work aboard the station, consists of Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, his cosmonaut colleagues Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, NASA astronauts Cady Coleman and Ron Garan, and European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
The crew is conducting scientific research, performing station maintenance and preparing for the arrival of space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts, scheduled to launch at 3:47 p.m. on April 29 from Kennedy. During the STS-134 mission, the crew will install the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a new science instrument that will search for dark matter and the origins of our universe. The astronauts also will deliver supplies and spare parts and complete four spacewalks to service and outfit the orbiting outpost.
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