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Baltimore Native to Discuss Role on NASA's Next ShuttleFlight



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468

> Oct. 20, 2006
>
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-3749
>
> James Hartsfield
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
>
>
> BALTIMORE NATIVE TO DISCUSS ROLE ON NASA'S NEXT SHUTTLE FLIGHT
>
> Bob Curbeam, a NASA astronaut who will fly aboard the Space Shuttle 
> Discovery in December, will be available for interviews by satellite 
> from 7 to 8:45 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 24. 
>
>
> Curbeam will be making his third spaceflight after performing duties 
> as a mission specialist on two previous missions, STS-85 in 1997 and 
> STS-98 in 2001. He will be conducting three spacewalks during the 
> 11-day mission to the International Space Station to rearrange the 
> complex's power and cooling systems. The changes will bring online 
> electricity generated by a second giant set of solar panels added to 
> the station during September's shuttle mission. The changes will 
> almost double the electrical power available to the station's 
> systems. 
>
> Curbeam was born and raised in Baltimore. He received a bachelor's 
> degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 
> Annapolis, Md., in 1984 and a master's degree in aeronautical 
> engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., in 
> 1990. He also received a degree in aeronautical and astronautical 
> engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1991. Before his 
> selection as an astronaut in 1994, Curbeam was an instructor in the 
> Weapons and Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Academy. 
>
> Curbeam will be joined aboard Discovery by STS-116 Commander Mark 
> Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein and mission specialists Joan 
> Higginbotham, Nick Patrick, Suni Williams and Christer Fuglesang, a 
> European Space Agency astronaut. Williams will remain aboard the 
> station for six months. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas 
> Reiter, currently aboard the station, will return to Earth on 
> Discovery. 
>
> For Curbeam's biographical information, visit: 
>
> http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/curbeam.html
>
> Curbeam's interviews will be carried live on the NASA TV analog 
> satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude; transponder 5C, 3800 
> MHz, vertical polarization, with audio at 6.8 MHz. B-roll video of 
> Curbeam's training for the mission will air at 6:30 a.m. EDT. For 
> NASA TV downlink, schedules and streaming video information, visit: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
>
> For more information about STS-116 and its crew, visit: 
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
>
>
>
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