[sarex] NASA Announces New ISS Crew
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> Oct. 18, 2006
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> NASA ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION CREW
> NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency have named two astronauts
> and two cosmonauts to the next International Space Station crew,
> known as Expedition 15. Astronauts Clayton C. Anderson and Daniel M.
> Tani will travel to the station next year and work as flight
> engineers. Cosmonauts Fyodor N. Yurchikhin and Dr. Oleg V. Kotov will
> spend six months aboard the orbiting laboratory.
> Anderson will get a ride to the station aboard Space Shuttle
> Endeavour's STS-118 mission, targeted for launch in June 2007. He
> will return to Earth on shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-120. That
> flight will carry his replacement, Tani, to the station. Tani will
> return on shuttle mission STS-122, targeted for October 2007.
> Yurchikhin will command Expedition 15, and Kotov will serve as station
> flight engineer and Soyuz commander. Yurchikhin and Kotov will fly to
> the complex aboard a Soyuz spacecraft scheduled to launch in March
> 2007. Until Anderson arrives, astronaut Sunita L. Williams will serve
> as Expedition 15's third crew member and flight engineer. She will
> fly to the station on STS-116 in December.
> A native of Nebraska, Anderson was selected as an astronaut in 1998
> following a technical career in mission operations at NASA's Johnson
> Space Center, Houston. He managed the Emergency Operations Center at
> Johnson for several years before becoming an astronaut. He has a
> bachelor's degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., and a
> master's from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
> A native of Illinois, Tani has a bachelor's and a master's degree in
> mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of
> Technology, Cambridge, Mass. He was selected as an astronaut in 1996.
> Tani's first spaceflight was aboard Endeavour in December 2001 on the
> STS-108 mission. During that flight, he performed a four-hour
> Yurchikhin previously visited the space station aboard Atlantis on
> STS-112 in 2002. He is qualified as a mechanical engineer and has a
> doctorate in economics. Before he was selected as a cosmonaut,
> Yurchikhin served as a Russian flight controller and lead engineer
> for several missions.
> Kotov was selected as a cosmonaut in 1996 and has trained for Soyuz,
> Mir and space station missions. He is a graduate of the Kirov Medical
> Academy in Russia.
> The Expedition 15 backup crew is astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff for
> Anderson; Sandra H. Magnus for Tani; Russian cosmonauts Roman Y.
> Romanenko and Mikhail B. Kornienko for Yurchikhin and Kotov.
> Video of the Expedition 15 crew members will air on NASA TV's Video
> File. For NASA TV downlink, streaming video and scheduling
> information, visit:
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