This morning, all nine crew members on board the International Space Station will hold a press conference with reporters here on Earth. The astronauts will discuss the details of their missions with journalists from the United States, Russia, Europe, and Japan. The briefing is scheduled for 10:10AM ET and will last for just 45 minutes.
That's a short amount of time, given how crowded the ISS is right now. This is the first time since November 2013 that nine people are living on the station; the orbiting lab can only accommodate a maximum of 10 people at a time. The crew members are an international bunch representing five different space agencies: NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Kazakh Space Agency.
This is the first time since November 2013 that nine people are living on the station
NASA worked with Roscosmos, JAXA, and ESA to arrange this press conference, and each agency is allotted only 10 minutes for questions. Any American journalists interested in asking questions have to do so in person at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston or NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. That means we'll be watching this press conference from the comfort of our New York office.