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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-10-2009 03:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Though not yet formally announced or confirmed by NASA, documents suggest the six-person STS-134 crew as:
  • Mark Kelly, commander
  • Greg H. Johnson, pilot
  • Mike Fincke, mission specialist
  • Greg Chamitoff, mission specialist
  • Drew Feustel, mission specialist
  • Roberto Vittori (ESA), mission specialist
STS-134 will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 to the International Space Station.

Originally manifested as the final mission of the space shuttle program, STS-134 is currently proposed as the second to last flight to allow for a final mission, STS-133, to deliver and leave a modified multi-purpose logistics module at the station.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA Assigns Crew for STS-134 Shuttle Mission

NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-134 to the International Space Station. The flight will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, or AMS, to the station. The AMS is a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector designed to examine fundamental issues about matter and the origin and structure of the universe.

Navy Capt. Mark Kelly will command the STS-134 mission. Retired Air Force Col. Gregory H. Johnson will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Air Force Col. Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff and Andrew Feustel. European Space Agency astronaut and Italian Air Force Col. Roberto Vittori also will serve as a mission specialist.

The flight will include three spacewalks and the installation of the AMS to the exterior of the space station using both the shuttle and station arms. The AMS will be attached to the right side of the station's truss, or backbone.

Kelly previously served as the pilot of STS-108 in 2001 and STS-121 in 2006, and commander for STS-124 in 2008. He was born in Orange, N.J., and considers West Orange, N.J., to be his hometown. Kelly has a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, King's Point, N.Y., and a master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Johnson previously flew as a pilot on STS-123 in 2008. 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 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and master's degrees from Columbia University and the University of Texas, Austin.

Fincke is a veteran of two long-duration missions aboard the space station. He served as the NASA science officer and flight engineer on Expedition 9, and commander for Expedition 18. He was born in Pittsburgh and considers Emsworth, Pa., his hometown. He has an Associate Science degree from El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., two bachelor's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master's degrees from Stanford University and the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

Chamitoff, also a veteran of a long-duration spaceflight, served as NASA science officer and a flight engineer on Expeditions 17 and 18. He was born in Montreal and grew up in San Jose, Calif. He holds a bachelor's degree from California Polytechnic State University, a master's degree from the California Institute of Technology, a second master's degree from UHCL and a doctorate from MIT.

STS-134 is the second mission for Feustel, who flew as a mission specialist on STS-125 in May. He has an Associate Science degree from Oakland Community College, Mich., a bachelor's and a master's degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and a doctorate from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Feustel considers Lake Orion, Mich., his hometown.

Vittori is a veteran of two prior spaceflights to the space station aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He was born in Viterbo, Italy. He received his bachelor's degree from the Italian Air Force Academy and earned master's degrees from the University of Naples and University of Perugia.

AstroAutos
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posted 08-10-2009 05:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm glad to see Mark Kelly is getting to command another mission. I think it suggests that he will be willing to stay on for the Orion program (he and his brother have both already declared their interest in staying on). Feustel and Fincke are also about the right age for the program so this is a telling sign regarding their futures.

The unfortunate thing is that this isn't exactly the best crew regarding autographs with Fincke, Chamitoff and Vittori all hard to get. Oh well.

All in all, a very good crew.

Delta7
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posted 08-10-2009 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that Mike Fincke is assigned. After 2 6-month tours aboard the ISS, the second one as CDR very recently, he's almost "over qualified" for a MS slot! Seems kind of anti-climatic for him if you ask me. It's also surprising considering the number of available astronauts who would probably love to get a second or third flight before the Shuttle is retired.

One more Shuttle crew to be named, and then we'll probably see an increased rate of retirements. ISS slots are filled through the end of 2011.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-10-2009 08:45 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 Delta7:
Seems kind of anti-climatic for him if you ask me.
Maybe, but this will be Fincke's first flight on a space shuttle (up or down) making it an entirely new experience for him.

Jay Chladek
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posted 08-11-2009 01:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I am reading this right, then is it possible that the Kelly brothers might be in orbit at the same time? Granted a lot of things have to go right for that to happen, but it does make for some very interesting possibilities.

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posted 08-11-2009 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Right now, STS-134 is scheduled for launch in July 2010. Scott Kelly's Soyuz launch is scheduled for September. With the vagaries of shuttle scheduling, however, it's entirely possible that the two could wind up aboard the ISS at the same time.

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posted 08-11-2009 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Henk Boshuijer   Click Here to Email Henk Boshuijer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is nice to see Mark Kelly in command again. I really like him and he will fly with Chamitoff again.

Kelly and Chamitoff have signed for me.

I think crew pictures will be signed by this crew. Mark Kelly was always very generous when I wrote to him. He will get the crew to sign....

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posted 08-21-2009 09:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jrguined   Click Here to Email jrguined     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Maybe, but this will be Fincke's first flight on a space shuttle (up or down) making it an entirely new experience for him.
Yes... this will be Fincke's first flight on the shuttle. I am very happy for him; I work with his wife, and he is a really great guy!

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