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Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-06-2009 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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NASA Assigns Crew for STS-132 Space Shuttle Mission

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-132, targeted for launch in April 2010. This flight will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module (MRM1) to the International Space Station.

Navy Capt. Ken Ham will command the shuttle Atlantis for this 11-day mission. Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Navy Capt. Steve Bowen, Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman, and Piers Sellers.

Ham was born in Plainfield, N.J. He received a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as the pilot on the STS-124 mission, which launched on May 31, 2008.

Antonelli was born in Detroit and grew up in Indiana and North Carolina. He holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. He served as the pilot on STS-119, which flew to the space station in March.

STS-132 will be the second mission for Bowen, who served as a mission specialist on STS-126 in November 2008. He was born in Cohasset, Mass., and has a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a degree of ocean engineering from MIT.

STS-132 also will be the second spaceflight for Nyberg, who served as a mission specialist on STS-124. She considers Vining, Minn., to be her hometown. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota, and a master's and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas.

This will be Reisman's second spaceflight. Reisman served as a flight engineer on the space station for portions of Expeditions 16 and 17, spending more than three months in space. He was born in Morristown, N.J., and considers Parsippany, N.J., his hometown. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's and doctorate degree from the California Institute of Technology.

Sellers will be embarking on his third spaceflight, having served as a mission specialist on STS-112 in 2002 and STS-121 in 2006. He was born in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom. He has a bachelor's degree from University of Edinburgh and a doctorate from Leeds University.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 05-06-2009 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool, half the crew are Navy! Please congratulate CDR Ham on his selection for "Command at Sea!"

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posted 05-06-2009 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems like a pretty low-profile mission (other than the "last flight" aspect) to have an all veteran crew assigned to.

I'm sure the Navy probably wants an orbiter to put on a stick in front of Pax River or someplace...with a tail hook added for good measure.

Michael Cassutt
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posted 05-07-2009 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 328KF:
Seems like a pretty low-profile mission (other than the "last flight" aspect) to have an all veteran crew assigned to.
At the moment, "all-veteran" is the only possible type of crew. All unflown, eligible astronauts are currently assigned.

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posted 05-16-2009 02:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ShuttleDiscovery   Click Here to Email ShuttleDiscovery     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm surprised Antonelli is flying as PLT again, but I suppose seeing as there are few flights remaining, flying as PLT again is better than nothing...

Delta7
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posted 05-16-2009 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm curious as to why Antonelli was assigned before Box Johnson and Eric Boe. There was another post by someone who said Johnson was hoping to be assigned to one of the last flights, although he didn't think it would be as CDR. Boe is currently assigned to STS-400, but so is Steve Bowen. And that assignment will be over in another week. Maybe Chris Ferguson and Boe are being kept together as a CDR/PLT pair for one of those flights. A less likely possibility is that Boe will command STS-133 or 134.

divemaster
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posted 05-16-2009 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for divemaster   Click Here to Email divemaster     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am still finding it very hard to believe that the shuttle program is coming to an end. I know it's well past its prime and that Apollo was the longest at 7 years before that, but I still can't believe that the end is in sight.

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posted 08-11-2009 10:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is Karen Nyberg still a member of the STS-132 crew? According to one website, she's been replaced by Michael Good.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-11-2009 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From a NASA release:
NASA has named Air Force Col. Michael Good to replace Karen Nyberg on shuttle Atlantis' STS-132 mission, targeted to launch in May 2010. Nyberg is being replaced due to a temporary medical condition. Nyberg will be assigned to a technical role while she awaits a future assignment.

This will be the second mission for Good, who flew on STS-125. He was born in Parma, Ohio, and considers Broadview Heights, Ohio to be his hometown. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame.

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posted 08-11-2009 03:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StarDome   Click Here to Email StarDome     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What exactly does "temporary medical condition" mean and any idea what it is that has grounded Karen?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-11-2009 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Unless Nyberg decides to make it known, or it otherwise becomes public knowledge, it would be inappropriate to discuss private medical matters. Until then, it is a temporary grounding, as NASA described.

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posted 03-01-2010 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Early pictures of STS-132 EVA training show Garrett Reisman and Mike Good as the EVA crew members. Now, a recent picture shows Reisman and Steve Bowen training in the NBL.

Does anyone know if Bowen has replaced Good, is simply training as a backup to either Reisman or Good, or is the plan to use Reisman/Good, Reisman/Bowen, and Bowen/Good during the three scheduled EVAs?

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