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Ready For Launch: First Commercial Crew Rotational Mission To The International Space Station Launch Live Shots

In May, NASA and its commercial partner, SpaceX, launched two astronauts to the International Space Station aboard a commercial rocket for the first time in a flight test known as Demo-2. The successful Demo-2 test set the stage for a new era of space exploration. On Saturday Nov. 14, NASA will take another important step with its Commercial Crew Program with the launch of a four-person crew to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission called Crew-1 is the first crew rotation mission to the orbiting laboratory. The four astronauts - three American and one Japanese - will live aboard the space station for six months. Crew-1 will pave the way for regular, cost-effective launches to the station from American Soil.

NASA astronauts and senior NASA leadership are available for virtual one-on-one interviews on Friday, Nov. 13 from 6:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST - just one day before Crew-1 launches and the day of launch, Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST to share the excitement of this historic launch, and what it means for the future of space exploration. Find out how your viewers can join NASA online to watch the launch. This is an exciting time for space travel as NASA and commercial partners pave the way for regular, cost-effective crewed flights to the space station from U.S. soil.

To Book An Interview: please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/35jVf9wgALMhejzJ6 Interviews will be conducted using video chat programs including Skype in 15-minute slots. For example 600-615 ET, 615-630 EDT, etc. Interviews in Spanish are available.
Satellite interviews are not available.

Participating Astronauts and Hometowns:
Availability on Friday, Nov 13
Drew Feustel / NASA Astronaut; Lake Orion, MI [6:00am - 8:00 am ET]
Loral O’Hara / NASA Astronaut; Houston, TX [6:00am - 8:00 am ET]
Mike Fincke / NASA Astronaut; Pittsburgh, PA [8:00am - 10:00am ET]
Bob Behnken / NASA Astronaut, Demo-2; Saint Ann, MO [8:00am - 10:00am ET]
Suni Williams/ NASA Astronaut; Needham, MA [8:30am - 9:30am ET]
Jonny Kim/ NASA Astronaut; Los Angeles, CA [8:30am - 9:30am ET]
Steve Bowen / NASA Astronaut; Cohasset, MA [10:00am - 12:00pm ET]
Doug Hurley / NASA Astronaut, Demo-2; Endicott, NY [10:00am - 12:00pm ET]
Nicole Mann/ NASA Astronaut, Petaluma, California [10:00am - 12:30pm ET]

Availability on Saturday, Nov 14
Steve Bowen / NASA Astronaut; Cohasset, MA [9:00am - 11:00am ET]
Loral O’Hara / NASA Astronaut; Houston, TX [9:00am - 11:00am ET]
Mike Fincke / NASA Astronaut; Pittsburgh, PA [9:00am - 11:00am ET]
Suni Williams/ NASA Astronaut; Needham, MA [2:00pm - 3:00pm ET]
Jonny Kim/ NASA Astronaut; Los Angeles, CA [2:00pm - 3:00pm ET]

Suggested Questions:
Tomorrow is an exciting day! How is the launch of Crew-1 changing human spaceflight?
The four-person crew will be up there for six months, is that a standard mission duration for astronauts?
What are the plans for the commercial crew program moving forward?
What will these astronauts be doing once they arrive at the International Space Station?
What preparations will the astronauts go through as they’re getting ready for launch?
What excites you most about the commercial crew program?
How does tomorrow’s launch set the stage for future explorers to the Moon with the Artemis program?
How can our viewers stay up-to-date on the launch?

Suggested Anchor Intro:

THE COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM IS THE START OF A NEW ERA OF SPACE EXPLORATION. TOMORROW, NASA IN COLLABORATION WITH SPACEX WILL LAUNCH WHAT IS KNOWN AS CREW-1. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST FULLY CREWED AND OPERATIONAL COMMERCIAL MISSION TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION.

TODAY WE HAVE JOINING US NASA ASTRONAUT [...] TO TALK ABOUT THIS HISTORIC LAUNCH AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION.

For More Information

https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/ccp-press-kit/main.html


Credits

Michelle Handleman (USRA): Producer
Christina Mitchell (GSFC Interns): Producer
Victoria Woodburn (GSFC Interns): Producer
Madison Arnold (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Courtney A. Lee (ADNET): Producer
Maria-Jose Vinas Garcia (Telophase): Producer
Pedro Cota (ADNET): Producer
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Keywords:
SVS >> International Space Station
SVS >> Human Spaceflight