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EXP 14 CREW NAMED



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

May 2, 2006

Joe Pally
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-7239

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston
(281) 483-5111

RELEASE: 06-209

NASA ANNOUNCES 14TH INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW

NASA astronauts Michael Lopez-Alegria and Sunita Williams and Russian 
cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin have been named as the 14th crew of the 
International Space Station. Expedition 14 is scheduled to begin this 
fall.

Lopez-Alegria, a veteran of three space flights, will command 
Expedition 14 and serve as the NASA station science officer for the 
six-month mission. He and Tyurin, a veteran station crew member from 
Expedition 3, are in training to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz 
spacecraft in September 2006. Tyurin will serve as flight engineer 
and Soyuz commander.

Williams will join Expedition 14 in progress and serve as a flight 
engineer, after traveling to the station on space shuttle mission 
STS-116. This will be Williams's first space flight.

Selected as an astronaut in 1992, Lopez-Alegria flew his first shuttle 
mission, STS-73, in 1995 and later visited the station on shuttle 
missions STS-92 in 2000 and STS-113 in 2002, conducting five 
spacewalks during the station assembly complex. He has logged more 
than 42 days in space, including 34 hours spacewalking. Lopez-Alegria 
is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and received a Master of 
Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Williams was selected as an astronaut in 1998. She also is a graduate 
of the Naval Academy and received a Master of Science degree from the 
Florida Institute of Technology. Williams was designated a Naval 
aviator in 1989 and graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School in 
1993. She has logged more than 2,770 flight hours in 30 different 
types of aircraft. At NASA, Williams has served as a liaison in 
Moscow supporting Expedition 1 and has supported station robotics 
work.

Tyurin was selected as a cosmonaut in 1993 and was a flight engineer 
aboard the station for Expedition 3 in 2001. He has spent 125 days in 
space. Tyurin is a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson is the backup commander for Expedition 14. 
Astronaut Clay Anderson is backup flight engineer. Cosmonaut Yuri 
Malenchenko is the backup Soyuz commander and flight engineer.

For information about Expedition 14, the International Space Station 
and its missions, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/home

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