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CREW-1 PRE-LAUNCH BRIEFINGS AND INTERVIEWS, Sept 29, 2020, JSC/virtual, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm ET

NASA will hold a series of briefings and interviews on September 29, 2020 as part as the lead-up to the launch of SpaceX’s first operational crew mission to the International Space Station, Crew-1.

The launch is scheduled for October 23. It will take three NASA astronauts and 1 from JAXA to the ISS for a long-duration mission: Michael Hopkins, Vic Glover, Shannon Waker, and Soichi Noguchi.

The schedule of briefings on September 29 is as follows.  All will be broadcast on NASA TV and NASA Live.

11 a.m. – NASA’s Commercial Crew Program News Conference with the following participants:

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
  • Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
  • Phil McAlister, director, Commercial Spaceflight Development, NASA Headquarters
  • Hans Koenigsmann, vice president, Build and Flight Reliability, SpaceX

12:30 p.m. – Crew-1 Mission Overview News Conference with the following participants:

  • Steve Stich, manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Kenny Todd, deputy manager, International Space Station, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Anthony Vareha, NASA flight director, NASA’s Johnson Space Center
  • Benji Reed, director, Crew Mission Management, SpaceX

·      Junichi Sakai, manager, International Space Station, JAXA

2 p.m. – Crew News Conference with the following participants:

  • Astronaut Michael Hopkins, spacecraft commander, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Victor Glover, pilot, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Shannon Walker, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission
  • Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, mission specialist, NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission

3:30 p.m. – Round Robin Crew Interviews

  • Crew-1 astronauts will be available for a limited number of remote interviews following the news conference.


September 29
11:00 am - 11:00 pm