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Astronaut Ed Lu Leaves NASA

>> Aug. 10, 2007
>> Allard Beutel
>> Headquarters, Washington
>> 202-358-4769
>> allard.beutel@nasa.gov
>> Kylie Clem
>> Johnson Space Center, Houston
>> 281-483-5111
>> kylie.s.clem@nasa.gov
>> HOUSTON - Veteran International Space Station astronaut and space 
>> shuttle flyer Ed Lu has left NASA to accept a position in the private 
>> sector. Lu flew on two shuttle missions and lived six months aboard 
>> the station as a member of the orbiting laboratory's seventh crew.
>> "Ed has done an exceptional job as an astronaut during his twelve 
>> years of service," said Chief of the Astronaut Office Steve Lindsey. 
>> "He contributed greatly to the construction and operations on the 
>> International Space Station, particularly in the very difficult 
>> period after the Columbia tragedy. Additionally, his involvement in 
>> development of the Crew Exploration Vehicle will help NASA 
>> tremendously as we look forward to exploring our solar system. He 
>> will be missed by the Astronaut Office and NASA. We wish him the very 
>> best in his future endeavors."
>> Lu's experience includes more than six hours spacewalking. He was the 
>> first American to launch as flight engineer of a Russian Soyuz 
>> spacecraft as well as the first American to both launch and land on a 
>> Soyuz. He has visited two space stations on his missions.
>> Selected as an astronaut in 1994, Lu first flew in May 1997 aboard 
>> Atlantis for the STS-84 mission, the sixth shuttle mission to visit 
>> the Russian space station Mir. He next flew in 2000 on mission 
>> STS-106, also aboard Atlantis, performing a spacewalk during that 
>> flight to help outfit the Zvezda module of the International Space 
>> Station, the outpost's living quarters. Launching on the Soyuz, Lu 
>> returned to the International Space Station in 2003 as flight 
>> engineer and NASA science officer of Expedition 7, the first 
>> two-person resident crew.
>> For more biographical information about Lu, visit:
>> http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lu.html
>> For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:
>> http://www.nasa.gov
>> -end-
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