[sarex] NASA Assigns Crew for Japanese Lab and Canadian Robotics Mission
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Mon Jan 29 16:10:03 PST 2007
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> Jan. 29, 2007
> Katherine Trinidad
> Headquarters, Washington
> Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> NASA ASSIGNS CREW FOR JAPANESE LAB AND CANADIAN ROBOTICS MISSION
> WASHINGTON - NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission
> STS-123. The flight will deliver both the first component of the
> Japanese Experiment Module Kibo and the new Canadian Dextre robotics
> system to the International Space Station.
> Navy Capt. Dominic L. Gorie will command the Space Shuttle Endeavour
> on the STS-123 mission, targeted for launch in December 2007. Air
> Force Col. Gregory H. Johnson will serve as the pilot. Mission
> specialists will include NASA astronauts Richard M. Linnehan; Air
> Force Maj. Robert L. Behnken; and Navy Capt. Michael J. Foreman.
> Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Doi also will
> serve as a mission specialist. The mission will deliver a new station
> crew member to the complex and return another to Earth. Those
> individuals will be announced at a later date.
> Foreman had been assigned to the STS-120 shuttle mission but has been
> reassigned to STS-123. Astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who flew on last
> year's STS-121 mission, will replace Foreman as a mission specialist
> on STS-120, targeted for launch in September 2007.
> STS-123 is the first in a series of flights that will launch
> components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission also will
> deliver the Canadian Space Agency's Dextre robotic system, a smaller
> manipulator equipped with two arms and designed to work with
> Canadarm2 to perform finer maintenance tasks that normally would be
> accomplished with spacewalks by astronauts on the International Space
> Station. The mission will include four spacewalks to install the new
> STS-123 will be the fourth spaceflight for Gorie and Linnehan, the
> second spaceflight for Doi and the first spaceflight for Johnson,
> Behnken and Foreman.
> Gorie flew as the pilot of STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000. One year
> later, he commanded STS-108. He was born in Lake Charles, La., and
> graduated from Miami Palmetto High School, Miami, Fla. Gorie has a
> bachelor's from the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., and a master's
> from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He was selected as an
> astronaut in 1994.
> Johnson was selected as an astronaut in 1998. He was born in South
> Ruislip, Middlesex, United Kingdom, but graduated from Park Hills
> High School in Fairborn, Ohio. Johnson has a bachelor's from the Air
> Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., and master's degrees from
> Columbia University, New York, and from the University of Texas,
> Linnehan flew on STS-78 in 1996 and STS-90 in 1998. During STS-109 in
> 2002, he performed three spacewalks to service the Hubble Space
> Telescope. Linnehan was born in Lowell, Mass. He has a bachelor's
> from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., and doctorate in
> veterinary medicine from Ohio State University, Columbus.
> Selected as an astronaut in 2000, Behnken considers St. Ann, Mo., his
> hometown. He has a bachelor's from Washington University, St. Louis,
> and a master's and a doctorate from the California Institute of
> Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
> Foreman considers Wadsworth, Ohio, his hometown and was selected as an
> astronaut in 1998. Foreman has a bachelor's from the Naval Academy
> and a master's from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
> Doi was born in Minamitama, Tokyo. He first flew on STS-87 in 1997, a
> mission during which he became the first Japanese astronaut to
> conduct a spacewalk. Doi has a bachelor's, a master's and a doctorate
> in aerospace engineering from the University of Tokyo. He also has a
> doctorate in astronomy from Rice University, Houston.
> Assigned to STS-120, Wilson is a Massachusetts native. She operated
> both the station and shuttle robotic arms during the STS-121 mission
> and oversaw the transfer of more than 28,000 pounds of gear between
> the shuttle and station. Wilson has a bachelor's from Harvard
> University, Cambridge, Mass., and a master's from the University of
> Texas, Austin.
> Video of the STS-123 and STS-120 crew members will air on NASA TV's
> Video File. For downlink and scheduling information and links to
> streaming video, visit:
> For complete astronaut biographical information, visit:
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