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Delta7
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posted 07-10-2008 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacefacts is showing the previously mentioned rumor of the STS-128 crew being:
  • Charles Hobaugh, CDR
  • Terry Virts, PLT
  • Randy Bresnik, MS
  • Stephen Robinson, MS
  • Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, MS
  • Christer Fuglesang, MS
  • Nicole Stott, MS/ISS
...with and Tim Kopra coming down.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-11-2008 07:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note that the original source of this list, first updated their site today to list a different crew (Sturckow, Ford, Forrester, Olivas and Hernandez) before clearing the mission's page of all names except Stott and Kopra (who are confirmed).

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-13-2008 09:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the Baltimore Examiner is accurate, than Terry Virts will not be part of the STS-128 crew.
Terry Virts has spent the past eight years training as a space shuttle pilot to prepare for his mission to the International Space Station next fall.
Per NASA's recently released schedule, STS-128 is targeted for launch on July 30, 2009. That said, STS-129 is scheduled for October 15...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-16-2008 03:45 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 Assigns Crew for Equipment Delivery Mission to Space Station

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-128. The flight will carry science and storage racks to the International Space Station.

Marine Corps Col. Frederick W. "Rick" Sturckow will command space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-128 mission, targeted for launch July 30, 2009. Retired Air Force Col. Kevin A. Ford will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are NASA astronauts John D. "Danny" Olivas, retired Army Col. Patrick G. Forrester, Jose M. Hernandez and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Christer Fuglesang. The mission will deliver a new station crew member, Nicole Stott, to the complex and return Tim Kopra to Earth. Ford, Hernandez and Stott will be making their first trips to space. Stott and Kopra were previously assigned in February to station missions.

Atlantis will carry a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module filled with science and storage racks to the station. The mission will include three spacewalks to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside ESA's Columbus module and return an empty ammonia tank assembly.

Sturckow flew as the commander of STS-117 in 2007, and was the pilot of STS-105 in 2001 and STS-88 in 1998. He considers Lakeside, Calif., his hometown. Sturckow has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University. He was selected as an astronaut in 1994.

Ford considers Montpelier, Ind., his hometown. He has a bachelor's in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame, master's degrees in international relations from Troy State University in Alabama and aerospace engineering from the University of Florida, and a doctorate in astronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000.

Olivas flew as a mission specialist and conducted two spacewalks during STS-117 in 2007. He was raised in El Paso, Texas. Olivas has a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas-El Paso, a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Houston and a doctorate in mechanical engineering and materials science from Rice University. He was selected as an astronaut in 1998.

Forrester flew as a mission specialist on STS-117 in 2007 and on STS-105 in 2001. He has conducted four spacewalks. He was born in El Paso, Texas. Forrester has a bachelor's in applied sciences and engineering from the U.S. Military Academy and a master's in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia. He was selected as an astronaut in 1996.

Hernandez considers Stockton, Calif., his hometown. He has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific and a master's in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California-Santa Barbara. He was selected as an astronaut in 2004.

Fuglesang flew as a mission specialist and conducted three spacewalks on STS-116 in 2006. He was born in Stockholm, Sweden. Fuglesang has a master's in engineering physics from the Royal Institute of Technology and a doctorate in experimental particle physics from the University of Stockholm. He was selected to join the ESA astronaut corps in 1992 and began training at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1996.

jasonelam
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posted 07-17-2008 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jasonelam   Click Here to Email jasonelam     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems to me like there are many astronauts that are getting their second and third flights and others have not even gone up once. Is there a rule about having a certain number of veterans on flights? I notice that there are several astronauts from classes from 10+ years ago that have not yet flown. It seems a little unfair to those who have worked hard for a decade to get passed over for a flight by others.

That being said, how is the decision process made for crew selection?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-18-2008 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With the naming of the STS-128 crew, I believe that the only active astronauts remaining without flight assignments are:
  • Randy Bresnik (2004)
  • Yvonne Cagle (1996)
  • Frank Caldiero (1996)
  • Jim Dutton (2004)
  • Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger (2004)
  • Robert Satcher (2004)
  • Terry Virts (2000)
  • Barry Wilmore (2000)
Many speculate that for whatever reason, Cagle and Caldiero are no longer eligible for flight assignments, leaving just 2000 and 2004 class members (all of whom are expected to fly).

There is no steadfast rule as to how many first-time flyers can be on a mission. To hear STS-124 commander Mark Kelly describe it, he had no issue with flying with only one space-flown crewmate as none of his crew were rookies: they all came to the flight with years of experience.

With regard to crew selection in general, there is no documented formula. The decision is made behind closed doors and even the commanders are not privy to the process.

Delta7
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posted 07-18-2008 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cagle and Caldeiro aren't even on the NASA Astronaut Poster any more, so I would assume their time to be selected for a flight has come and gone.

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posted 07-18-2008 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShuttleDiscovery   Click Here to Email ShuttleDiscovery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Delta7:
Cagle and Caldeiro aren't even on the NASA Astronaut Poster any more, so I would assume their time to be selected for a flight has come and gone.

It's a shame really, but maybe they're happy doing something good in management...

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