NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

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NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy Available for Interviews Before Space Station Mission

HOUSTON — NASA wanderer Chris Cassidy of Maine, who is creation final preparations during a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, for a Mar launch to a International Space Station, will be accessible for live satellite interviews from 5 to 6 a.m. CST Friday, Mar 8.

The interviews will issue from Star City, and will be preceded during 4:30 a.m. by a video b-roll feed of Cassidy’s goal training and before spaceflight. To attend in a interviews, reporters should hit Karen Svetaka during 281-483-8684 no after than 1 p.m., Thursday, Mar 7.

Cassidy is a Navy SEAL and connoisseur of a U.S. Naval Academy. He served in worldwide deployments ancillary Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan before to fasten NASA in 2004. Cassidy formerly flew in space as a goal dilettante aboard space convey Endeavour on STS-127 in 2009. On that goal Cassidy finished 3 spacewalks during a construction of a space station.

Cassidy will launch with Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin of a Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The contingent is set to launch aboard a Soyuz booster to a orbiting laboratory from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan during 3:43 p.m. CDT Mar 28 (2:43 a.m. Mar 29 Baikonur time). They are scheduled to lapse to Earth Sept. 11.

This launch will be a initial time in a 12-year story of a space hire a booster carrying organisation will wharf to a outpost within hours of launching. Approximately 6 hours after launch, and several orbits around Earth, a organisation will wharf and enter a station.

When they arrive, a contingent will join NASA wanderer Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency wanderer and Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, who launched to a hire in Dec 2012. The six-person organisation will attend in several hundred experiments in biology and biotechnology, earthy scholarship and Earth scholarship during their roughly 6 month space mission.

NASA TV’s Media Channel 103 will lift a b-roll and will be used to control a interviews. It is an MPEG-4 digital C-band signal, carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-18C, transponder 3C, during 105 degrees west longitude, with a downlink magnitude of 3760 MHz, straight polarization, information rate of 38.80 MHz, pitch rate of
28.0681 Mbps, and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) agreeable Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is indispensable for reception. The Compression Format is MPEG-4, Video PID = 0x1031 conjuration / 4145 decimal, AC-3 Audio PID = 0x1035 conjuration /4149 decimal, MPEG we Layer II Audio PID = 0x1034 conjuration /4148 decimal.

For NASA TV downlink, report and streaming video information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Cassidy’s autobiography is accessible at:

http://go.nasa.gov/wQfxJe

For some-more information about Expedition 36 and 37, visit:

http://go.nasa.gov/XCDQ6p

For information about a International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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