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Astronauts Honored at the White House




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> Astronauts Honored at the White House
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>     02.12.07
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> President Bush recognizes NASA astronauts Joan Higginbotham, right, 
> and Robert Curbeam, during a ceremony honoring African-American 
> History Month, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, in the East Room at the White 
> House in Washington. Curbeam and Higginbotham were crew members of 
> Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-116 mission to the International Space 
> Station in December 2006. It was the first shuttle mission with two 
> African-American crew members.
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> President Bush called STS-116, "one of the most challenging missions 
> in NASA's history" and added, "I really appreciate the fact that they 
> are furthering humanity's path of discovery, and I appreciate the fact 
> that you say loud and clear, our country is unlimited in its 
> opportunities for people from all walks of life."
> + President Bush's Remarks 
> <http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/02/20070212-5.html>
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> During the 13-day mission -- the 20th shuttle flight to the 
> International Space Station -- the crew rewired the outpost's power 
> system and continued constructing the station by installing the P5 
> integrated truss segment. As the only STS-116 crew member to 
> participate in all four spacewalks, Curbeam set a shuttle program 
> record for the most spacewalks performed by one astronaut during a 
> single mission. Higginbotham directed the transfer of 5,800 pounds of 
> much-needed supplies and equipment to the station from the SPACEHAB 
> single logistics module in the orbiter's payload bay.
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> Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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