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NASA Names Crew For New Space Shuttle Mission STS-121

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC    

Melissa Mathews
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1272)

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

    December 2, 2003
RELEASE : 03-385

NASA Names Crew For New Space Shuttle Mission

Four NASA astronauts have been chosen to fly on the newly created Space 
Shuttle mission, STS-121. It is the mission following the Space 
Shuttle's Return to Flight.

Veteran astronaut Steven W. Lindsey (Col., USAF) is the commander of 
STS-121. Mark E. Kelly (Cmdr., USN) is the pilot; Carlos I. Noriega (Lt. 
Col., USMC, Ret.) and Michael E. Fossum are the mission specialists. 
Other crewmembers will be named later.

STS-121 was added to the flight schedule to help accommodate the growing 
list of requirements originally assigned to the Return to Flight 
mission. The crew will re-supply the International Space Station with 
equipment and consumables. They will also continue the testing and 
development of new hardware and procedures designed to make Space 
Shuttle flight safer.

The crew recently began their pre-mission training together at NASA's 
Johnson Space Center, Houston. Initial activities focus on general 
procedural training on Shuttle and Station systems, preliminary 
spacewalk development and robotics training.

Lindsey is a three-time Shuttle astronaut, including commanding the 
STS-104 mission in 2001. Kelly has flown in space once, and Noriega 
twice. Fossum is making his first trip.

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