NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson – From Beaconsfield, IA – Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch


NEWS PROVIDED BY NASA Oct 20, 2016, 14:43 ET

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agency’s website.

Whitson, who considers Beaconsfield, Iowa, her hometown, is in Russia for final preparations prior to her launch on Nov. 15, U.S. time. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30 a.m. by 30 minutes of video clips highlighting her training.

To schedule an interview, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or karen.a.svetaka@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. onTuesday, Oct. 25. Media participating in the live shots must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1pOWUhR

Whitson will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space.

Whitson and her crewmates also will perform some 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. Among the experiments is Lighting Effects, which will investigate the impact of a new solid-state, light-emitting diode (LED) system on the crew’s circadian rhythms, sleep and cognitive performance. The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) experiment is scheduled to arrive at the station during the crew’s stay and will examine the physics, nature and dynamics of neutron stars.

Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Follow Whitson on social media at:

http://twitter.com/astropeggy

http://astropeggy.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO

 

SOURCE NASA

Related Links

http://www.nasa.gov

Meet with federal funding agencies

Get On the Bus!

From the Iowa Innovation Corporation: Details are coming together for the SBIR/STTR National Road Tour in August. This conference gives Iowans the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from federal funding agencies including NASA, National Institutes of Health, USDA and National Science Foundation. The national bus tour event will be Wednesday, August 17 in Ames. To prepare participants, we are again sponsoring two pre-conferences:

Monday, August 15 in Iowa City
Tuesday, August 16 in Ames

The pre-conferences are highly recommended for those who want to get the most of the 1:1 sessions with federal funders. Pre-conference speakers will be Mark and Catherine Henry, Jim Greenwood and Jordan Hobfoll. Each will provide information about SBIR/STTR programming, and will set up appointments with participants for a 10-minute prep session for Wednesday’s federal 1:1 sessions.

Register here