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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-22-2007 02:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Johnson Space Center:
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Welcome Home the STS-117 Crew!

A hearty welcome back to Earth is being planned for the STS-117 crew: Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Lee Archambault, and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jim Reilly, Steven Swanson and John "Danny" Olivas. Family, friends, colleagues and public guests are invited to the homecoming celebration, which will take place on Saturday, June 23, at Ellington Field's Hangar 276 beginning at 4:15 p.m. The gates to Ellington Field will open at 3:30 p.m.

JSC Director Michael Coats will greet the astronauts, including Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, who is returning with the Atlantis crew after living onboard the station and setting a record for a single-duration spaceflight by a woman. Last Saturday, Williams broke that record, which was previously held by astronaut Shannon Lucid at 188 days and four hours in 1996.


Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-23-2007 08:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Photos from today's STS-117 homecoming at Ellington Field:

Johnson Space Center director (and former astronaut) Mike Coats welcomes the crew: commander Rick "CJ" Sturckow, pilot Lee "BRU" Archambault and mission specialists Pat Forrester, Steve "Swanny" Swanson and Jim "JR" Reilly. At the far end, returning space station resident Sunita "Suni" Williams.

Surprise! Suni's "crazy" Jack Russell Terrier "Gorby" was among the VIPs in the audience (see below), along with Congressman Nick Lampson and a large compliment of the crew's fellow astronauts: Brent Jett, Ellen Ochoa, Steve Lindsey, Joe Tanner, Janet Kavandi, Mike Fincke, Ed Lu, Paolo Nespoli, Kent Rominger, Scott Altman, Bob Cabana, Sandy Magnus and Capt. John Young (among others).


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kimmern123
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posted 06-24-2007 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kimmern123   Click Here to Email kimmern123     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was this aired on NASA-TV or anything? I remember it was taped for STS-116 and aired after the homecoming.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-24-2007 10:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you look just right of center at the far corner of the seated guests in the photo above, you can see the NASA TV camera. If and when it airs, either in its entirety or as clips in a highlight reel, I do not know, but the event was recorded. (If you look at the far right, at the end of the first row of the seated guests, you can see the NASA photographer, too.)

Cliff Lentz
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posted 06-25-2007 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I watched NASA TV most of Saturday and didn't see much more than replays of the landing and the longer day-by-day mission highlights. I got a chance to mention "Gorby" on my morning space report on 610WIP stating that the dog probably received more press than the person that just set an endurance record for women in space. I just realized that her photo is the first time in months that we see Suni with her hair down!

Cliff

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