NASA Hosts News Conference, Interviews With New Space Station Crew

Official Astronaut portrait of Serena Auñón-Chancellor. Image Credit: NASA/Robert Markowitz

February 8, 2018 – NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, along with Alexander Gerst of ESA (European Space Agency), and Sergey Prokopyev of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, will participate in a news conference at 12 p.m. MST Wednesday, February 14, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website.

Following the news conference, interview opportunities are available with all crew members, in person or by phone.

The trio is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in June and will be part of Expeditions 56 and 57. This will be the first trip to the space station for Auñón-Chancellor and Prokopyev, and the second for Gerst.

Media who would like to participate in person or reserve an interview opportunity must contact Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 2 p.m. Monday, February 12. Because the deadline for international media accreditation has passed, only U.S. media will receive credentials to participate in person. Media who wish to participate in the news conference by telephone must call Johnson’s newsroom no later than 11:45 a.m. February 14. Those following the briefing on social media may submit questions via Twitter using #askNASA.

During her upcoming mission aboard the orbiting laboratory, Auñón-Chancellor and her crewmates will facilitate more than 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. The experiments yield benefits for all of humanity and will enable future long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space.

Originally from Fort Collins, Colorado, Auñón-Chancellor earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s McGovern Medical School. She was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2009, after coming to NASA in 2006 as a flight surgeon.

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