The first ESA manned spaceflight with Russia is scheduled for 3 October this year. This 30 day-long mission, dubbed EUROMIR 94 , will see the participation of ESA's astronaut Ulf Merbold, from Germany. Pedro Duque, from Spain, is also training for the same mission and has been assigned to the stand-by crew.
On Thursday 14 July 1994, ESA's European Astronauts Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, will host a press conference to highlight the EUROMIR 94 mission. This will also be the last opportunity for the media to interview the ESA astronauts in western Europe before the mission begins. The programme will also include a visit to DLR's (*) Microgravity Users Support Centre (MUSC), which will play a major role during the mission in helping experimenters plan their operations.
The programme of the event will be as follows:
- 13:45 hrs Registration.
14:00 hrs "A first step for ESA's co-operation with Russia in manned space flights", J. Feustel-B.chl, ESA Director of Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity.
"EUROMIR 94 mission, presentation and status", W. Nellessen, ESA EUROMIR Project Manager.
- 14:30 hrs Q&A session, including ESA astronauts Ulf Merbold and Pedro Duque and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Viktorenko and Sergiej Avdejev.
- 15:00 hrs Individual interviews.
- 16:00 hrs Presentation and visit of DLR's MUSC facility.
- 17:00 hrs Cocktail.
- 18:00 hrs End of event.
Media representatives wishing to participate in the press conference are requested to fill-out and return the attached form directly to ESA/EAC, Public Relations.
(*) DLR: Deutsche Forschungsanstalt f.r Luft-und-Raumfahrt- German Aerospace Research Establishment