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Tom
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posted 12-19-2006 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this information at SpaceFacts:
  • CDR Gorie, Dominic
  • PLT Johnson, Gregory H.
  • MSP Linnehan, Richard
  • MSP Foreman, Michael
  • MSP Behnken, Robert
  • MSP Doi, Takao
  • Flight Engineer Wakata, Koichi

ColinBurgess
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posted 01-01-2007 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA's official launch and crew listing site still shows Michael Foreman as being on STS-120, while those links both list Stephanie Wilson on STS-120 with Foreman on STS-123. So who do we believe?

Colin

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-01-2007 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The latter: I spoke to Stephanie just before the holidays and while she acknowledged that it wasn't yet official, she was looking forward to (re-)adding the STS-120 patch to her flightsuit.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-29-2007 04:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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 hardware.

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, Austin.

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.

Greggy_D
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posted 01-30-2007 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why did they give Wilson another flight so quickly?

KenDavis
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posted 01-30-2007 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also what about Yvonne Cagle and Fernando Calderio? Are we to assume they are no longer on flight status? Seems odd to have astronauts in group 16 making second flights and astronauts from group 17 and even group 18(Behnken) making first flights before these two.

Can anyone shed any light on what is happening to Yvonne & Fernanado?

mjanovec
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posted 01-30-2007 01:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
Why did they give Wilson another flight so quickly?

Maybe George Abbey is back in charge.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-30-2007 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
Why did they give Wilson another flight so quickly?
The word around the water cooler is that NASA needed a certified arm operator who was also available to fly. Wilson was also previously part of the STS-120 crew before the Columbia accident reassigned her to STS-121...

Greggy_D
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posted 01-30-2007 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greggy_D   Click Here to Email Greggy_D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mjanovec:
Maybe George Abbey is back in charge.
Nah, it can't be that. She's not in the Navy.

mjanovec
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posted 01-30-2007 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Greggy_D:
Nah, it can't be that. She's not in the Navy.
Good point!

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