New Jersey Astronaut to Lead Next Space Shuttle Mission, Available for Media Interviews

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2009

George Zamka, of Jersey City, N.J., will command space shuttle Endeavour's next mission to the International Space Station. The STS-130 flight is targeted to launch in early February from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Zamka is available for interviews about the mission until Friday, Jan. 15.

The 13-day flight will deliver the Tranquility pressurized module, which will provide room for much of the space station's life support systems. This will be Zamka's second spaceflight. He was the pilot on STS-120 in 2007.

Endeavour's flight will begin what is planned to be the final year of space shuttle operations, during which five shuttle missions are planned. The last currently is targeted to launch in September 2010.

To cover the STS-130 launch on-site, reporters must request credentials for Kennedy by Jan. 22. Media representatives should submit requests online at:

Reporters interested in interviews with Zamka should contact Gayle Frere at 281-483-8645 by Jan. 7 to reserve an opportunity.

For Zamka's complete biography, visit:

For the latest information about the STS-130 mission and crew, visit:

For the current schedule of remaining shuttle flights, visit:

The public can learn how to view a shuttle launch or landing in Florida at:

CONTACT: Katherine Trinidad, Headquarters, Washington, +1-202-358-1100,, or Allard Beutel, Kennedy Space Center, Fla., +1-321-867-2468,, both of NASA

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