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N° 11–2009: Follow the launch of the next ISS commander ESA astronaut Frank De Winne live at ESA establishments

19 May 2009

The Soyuz rocket that will bring ESA astronaut Frank De Winne to the International Space Station for the OasISS mission is set to launch from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 27 May at 12:34 CEST.

Frank De Winne's OasISS mission onboard the ISS will last six months during which he will conduct a European science programme and operate robotic arms to dock the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle to the ISS and to install scientific experiments outside the Japanese Kibo module. In October he will become the first European to command the permanently manned human outpost in space.

The mission also marks an important milestone in the ISS programme. For the first time in the history of the ISS, the permanent crew will be expanded to six people in order to make full use of the space station's technological and scientific capabilities. Also for the first time in its history, all participating partners will be represented at the same time by an astronaut onboard – the USA, Russia, Europe, Japan and Canada.

For the launch of the OasISS mission, ESA is organising coverage of the launch at various centres (see attached registration form). ESA experts will be on hand for interviews. Media representatives wishing to follow the event at one of the locations listed in the attached registration form are requested to fax it back to the place of their choice.

For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Office,

Communication Department

Tel: +33(0)1 53 69 7299

Fax: +33(0)1.53.69.7690

Launch of the OasISS mission

To be faxed back to the location of your choice.

First name:___________________ Last name:___________________

Media: ____________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________

Tel:___________________________ Fax: ______________________

Mobile:_______________________ Email: ___________________

I will be attending the OasISS launch on Wednesday 27 May at the following site:

[ ] Germany

Location: ESA/EAC

Address: Linder Höhe- D 51147 Cologne

Opening hours: 11:30 - 13:00

Fax: +49 22 03 6001 112

[ ] Germany

Location: ESA/ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, 64289 Darmstadt

Opening hours: 11:30 – 13:00

Fax: +49 6151 902 961

[ ] France

Location: ESA HQ

Address: 8/10, rue Mario Nikis, Paris 15

Opening hours: 11:30 - 13:00

Fax: +33 (0)1 53 69 76 90

[ ] The Netherlands

Location: ESA/ESTEC, Erasmus Centre

Address: Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk

Opening hours: 11.30 - 13.00

Fax: +31 71 565 5728

[ ] Italy

Location: ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via Galileo Galilei, Frascati (Rome)

Opening hours: 11:30 - 13:00

Fax: +39 06 941 80 952

[ ] Spain

Location: ESA/ESAC

Address: Camino bajo del Castillo, s/n Urbanización Villafranca del Castillo

Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid

Opening hours: 11:00 - 13:00

Fax: +34 91 813 11 39

For further information:

ESA - Media Relations Office
Tel: +33.(0)1.5369.7299
Fax: +33.(0)1.5369.7690



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