[sarex] NASA Assigns Crew for Space Station Assembly Mission
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Mon Oct 1 11:28:45 PDT 2007
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> Oct. 1, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> john.yembrick-1 at nasa.gov
> Kylie Clem
> Johnson Space Center, Houston
> kylie.s.clem at nasa.gov
> 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:
> For complete astronaut biographical information, visit:
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