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NASA Assigns Crew for Space Station Assembly Mission



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #3146
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> Oct. 1, 2007
>
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-0602
> john.yembrick-1@nasa.gov 
>
> Kylie Clem
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111 
> kylie.s.clem@nasa.gov 
>
>
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> NASA ASSIGNS CREW FOR SPACE STATION ASSEMBLY MISSION
>
> WASHINGTON -- NASA has assigned the space shuttle crew for Endeavour's 
> STS-126 mission, targeted for launch in September 2008. The flight 
> will deliver equipment to the International Space Station that will 
> enable larger crews to reside aboard the complex.
>
> Veteran space flier Navy Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson will command 
> Endeavour. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric A. Boe will serve as the pilot. 
> The mission specialists are Navy Cmdr. Stephen G. Bowen, NASA 
> astronaut Joan E. Higginbotham, Army Lt. Col. Robert S. Kimbrough and 
> Navy Capt. Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper. Boe, Bowen and Kimbrough 
> will be making their first spaceflight.
>
> STS-126 will be the second spaceflight for Ferguson and 
> Stefanyshyn-Piper, who flew together on STS-115 in September 2006. It 
> also is the second flight for Higginbotham, who flew on STS-116 in 
> December 2006. 
>
> Endeavour will carry a reusable logistics module that will hold 
> supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, a second 
> treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and 
> spare hardware. 
>
> A native of Philadelphia, Ferguson served as pilot of the shuttle 
> Atlantis for STS-115. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical 
> engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, and a master's 
> degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate 
> School, Monterey, Calif. He was selected as an astronaut in 1998.
>
> Boe was born in Miami and grew up in Atlanta. He has a bachelor's 
> degree in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, 
> Colorado Springs, Colo., and a master's degree in electrical 
> engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He was 
> selected as an astronaut in 2000.
>
> Bowen was born in Cohasset, Mass. He has a bachelor's degree from the 
> U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and a master's degree from the 
> Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge. Bowen also was 
> selected as an astronaut in 2000. He was previously named to the 
> STS-124 crew but has been reassigned to STS-126. The change will 
> allow room for the STS-124 mission to rotate a space station 
> resident, who will be named later.
>
> A native of Chicago, Higginbotham flew on STS-116. She has a 
> bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Southern Illinois 
> University, Carbondale, and master's degrees in both management and 
> space systems from the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne. 
> She was selected as an astronaut in 1996.
>
> Kimbrough was born in Killeen, Texas, and grew up in Smyrna, Ga. He 
> has a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. 
> Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and a master's degree in 
> operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was 
> selected as an astronaut in 2004.
>
> Stefanyshyn-Piper was born in St. Paul, Minn. She conducted two 
> spacewalks on STS-115. She has a bachelor's and master's degrees in 
> mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of 
> Technology. She was selected as an astronaut in 1996.
>
> Video of the STS-126 crew members will air on NASA Television's Video 
> File. For downlink and scheduling information and links to streaming 
> video, visit: 
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
>
> For complete astronaut biographical information, visit: 
>
> http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios
>
> For more information about NASA's Space Shuttle Program, visit:
>
> http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle
>
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