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NASA Assigns Crew for Columbus Shuttle Mission

> July 20, 2006
> Allard Beutel
> Headquarters, Washington 
> 202-358-4769 
> Doug Peterson
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> 281-483-5111
> NASA has assigned crew members to the space shuttle mission that will 
> deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus Laboratory to the 
> International Space Station.
> A veteran space flier, Navy Cmdr. Stephen N. Frick, will command the 
> STS-122 shuttle mission to deliver the lab to the station. Navy Cmdr. 
> Alan G. Poindexter will serve as pilot. Mission specialists include 
> Air Force Col. Rex J. Walheim, Stanley G. Love, Leland D. Melvin and 
> European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel. Poindexter, Love and 
> Melvin will be making their first spaceflight.
> STS-122 will be Frick's second spaceflight. A native of Gibsonia, Pa., 
> he served as pilot of shuttle mission STS-110, a flight to the 
> station in 2002. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, 
> Annapolis, Md., and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, 
> Calif. Poindexter, a Pasadena, Calif., native, also has a master's 
> from the Naval Postgraduate School and a bachelor's from the Georgia 
> Institute of Technology, Atlanta.
> Walheim, who considers San Carlos, Calif., his hometown, also flew on 
> shuttle mission STS-110 in 2002 and is a veteran of two spacewalks. 
> He has a bachelor's from the University of California, Berkeley, and 
> a master's from the University of Houston. Melvin is a native of 
> Lynchburg, Va., and has a bachelor's from the University of Richmond 
> and a master's from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. 
> Love, a Eugene, Ore., native, has a bachelor's from Harvey Mudd 
> College, Claremont, Calif., and a master's and doctorate from the 
> University of Washington. Schlegel, a native of Aachen, Germany, has 
> a master's degree from the University of Aachen. His first flight was 
> on shuttle mission STS-55 in 1993. 
> Video of the STS-122 crew members will air on NASA TV's Video File. 
> Video File airs on the Media Channel (Program 103) at 6-8 and 9-11 
> a.m.; 12-2 and 4-7 p.m.; and 10 p.m.-midnight. All times are Eastern. 
> For NASA TV 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 
> -end-
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