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Exp 6 Crew Change



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington         July 26, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1726)

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(Phone: 281/483-5111)

RELEASE: 02-139

BACKUP CREW MEMBER ASSIGNED TO EXPEDITION SIX

     Donald Pettit, Ph.D., a member of the Expedition Six 
backup crew, will replace Donald Thomas, Ph.D., on the future 
mission to the International Space Station.   

Pettit has been training as backup flight engineer for this 
expedition and will join Expedition Commander Kenneth 
Bowersox (Capt., USN) and Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin. 
The reassignment results from a medical issue that affects 
Thomas' long-duration space flight qualification.

"The demanding nature of long-term space flight requires a 
conservative approach to crew health issues, especially this 
early in the program," said Astronaut Office Chief, Charlie 
Precourt. "We have had to make such adjustments before; this 
again demonstrates the value of training backup space station 
crewmembers in parallel with the prime crews."

NASA selected Pettit in April 1996. He's a chemical engineer 
and served as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National 
Laboratory in New Mexico before joining the astronaut corps. 

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Thomas became an astronaut 
in July 1991. He's a veteran of four space shuttle flights 
and has logged more than 1,040 hours in space.

For additional information about Pettit and Thomas, visit the 
astronaut biography Web site at:  

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/

                              -end-

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