- Title: RUSSIA: NEW MIR CREW GIVE FINAL NEWS CONFERENCE BEFORE AUGUST LAUNCH
- Date: 30th July 1997
- Summary: NEAR MOSCOW, RUSSIA (JULY 30, 1997) (RTV (W) 1. LV EXTERIOR BUILDING WHERE NEWS CONFERENCE HELD 0.05 2. SLV PAN PRESS CONFERENCE 0.16 3. MV WENDY LAWRENCE, NEW CREW MEMBER, CHATTING 0.23 4. SCU ALEXANDER SOVOLYOV, NEW FLIGHT COMMANDER, SAYING HE IS READY TO REPAIR THE DAMAGED SPEKTR MODULE AND TO RUN SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMES (RUSSIAN) 0.47 5. SLV PHOTOGRAPHERS AND REPORTERS 0.54 6. MV U.S MARINE PILOT, WENDY LAWRENCE, SAYING HOW MUCH SHE ENJOYED TRAINING AND SHE IS NOW FIT AND READY TO GO (ENGLISH) 1.20 7. MV LAWRENCE AND SOVOLYOV HOLDING UP MIR FLAG OR FLAG OF PEACE (MIR MEANS PEACE OR WORLD) 1.25 Initials S3 P3 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: NEAR MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:01:27
- Story Text: - INTRO: The new crew bound for the Russian space station Mir have given their final news conference before they blast off on August 5.
The crew told journalists on Wednesday (July 30) they were fully prepared and looking forward to their mission.
Commanding the mission is Alexander Sovolyov, an experienced astronaut with four space flights, nine space walks and over 450 days in space under his belt.
With him is Pavel Vinogradov, the flight engineer. It will be his first time in space.
The United States (U.S.) is represented by U.S. Marine pilot Wendy Lawrence, who has spent 400 hours in space.
Scheduled to depart on August 5, the crew are due to arrive at the space station on August 7.
They will relieve two of the current three man crew on board the station, Vasily Tsibliyev and Alexander Lazutkin, and perform necessary repairs to the station which was damaged when it collided with its resupply ship on June 25.
British-born astronaut Michael Foale will remain on board.
Mir's solar energy system was damaged in the collision and the crew were forced to seal off the Spektr module where scientific experiments were performed.
Space officials decided to delay repairing the Spektr after the Captain, Tsibliyev, 43, developed heart trouble. The crew plunged into another crisis by accidently unplugging a vital computer, causing the station to lose its orientation for more than a day.
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