[sarex] Astronaut Ed Lu Leaves NASA
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Fri Aug 10 15:35:16 PDT 2007
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>> Aug. 10, 2007
>> Allard Beutel
>> Headquarters, Washington
>> allard.beutel at nasa.gov
>> Kylie Clem
>> Johnson Space Center, Houston
>> kylie.s.clem at nasa.gov
>> ASTRONAUT ED LU LEAVES NASA
>> 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.
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