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NASA Announces New ISS Crew

> Oct. 18, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> 202-358-3749
> Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111
> NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts 
> and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew, 
> known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson and Daniel M. 
> Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight 
> engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor N. Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg V. Kotov will 
> spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.
> Anderson will get a ride to the station aboard Space Shuttle 
> Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted for launch in June 2007. He 
> will return to Earth on shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-120. That 
> flight will carry his replacement, Tani, to the station. Tani will 
> return on shuttle mission STS-122, targeted for October 2007.
> Yurchikhin will command Expedition 15, and Kotov will serve as station 
> flight engineer and Soyuz commander. Yurchikhin and Kotov will fly to 
> the complex aboard a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled to launch in March 
> 2007. Until Anderson arrives, astronaut Sunita L. Williams will serve 
> as Expedition 15's third crew member and flight engineer. She will 
> fly to the station on STS-116 in December.
> A native of Nebraska, Anderson was selected as an astronaut in 1998 
> following a technical career in mission operations at NASA's Johnson 
> Space Center, Houston. He managed the Emergency Operations Center at 
> Johnson for several years before becoming an astronaut. He has a 
> bachelor's degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and a 
> master's from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
> A native of Illinois, Tani has a bachelor's and a master's degree in 
> mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of 
> Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He was selected as an astronaut in 1996. 
> Tani's first spaceflight was aboard Endeavour in December 2001 on the 
> STS-108 mission. During that flight, he performed a four-hour 
> spacewalk.
> Yurchikhin previously visited the space station aboard Atlantis on 
> STS-112 in 2002. He is qualified as a mechanical engineer and has a 
> doctorate in economics. Before he was selected as a cosmonaut, 
> Yurchikhin served as a Russian flight controller and lead engineer 
> for several missions.
> Kotov was selected as a cosmonaut in 1996 and has trained for Soyuz, 
> Mir and space station missions. He is a graduate of the Kirov Medical 
> Academy in Russia.
> The Expedition 15 backup crew is astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff for 
> Anderson; Sandra H. Magnus for Tani; Russian cosmonauts Roman Y. 
> Romanenko and Mikhail B. Kornienko for Yurchikhin and Kotov.
> Video of the Expedition 15 crew members will air on NASA TV's Video 
> File. For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling 
> information, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
> For more about the station, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/station
> For more about upcoming space shuttle missions, visit:
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
> -end-
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