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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-19-2011 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Astronaut Steve Bowen Named To STS-133 Space Shuttle Crew

NASA selected astronaut Steve Bowen as a mission specialist on STS-133, the next space shuttle mission planned for launch on Feb. 24. Bowen replaces astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle accident over the weekend.

"Tim is doing fine and expects a full recovery, however, he will not be able to support the launch window next month," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "If for some unanticipated reason STS-133 slips significantly, it is possible that Tim could rejoin the crew."

The crew change should not affect the mission's target launch date.

 

"Steve is an ideal candidate, and we have complete confidence he'll contribute to a fully successful STS-133 mission," Whitson said. "He has performed five prior spacewalks. That extensive experience, coupled with some adjustments to the spread of duties among the crew, will allow for all mission objectives to be accomplished as originally planned in the current launch window."

Bowen will begin training this week with the STS-133 crew, which includes Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott. Bowen also will train to perform the two planned spacewalks of the mission. He will join Alvin Drew to move a failed ammonia pump and perform other external configurations to the station.

The STS-133 mission to the International Space Station will deliver the Permanent Multipurpose Module, an external platform that holds large equipment and critical spare components for the station. The mission also will deliver Robonaut 2, or R2, the first human-like robot in space.

NavySpaceFan
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posted 01-19-2011 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow! Interesting news! Good luck to CAPT Bowen and his new shipmates!

issman1
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posted 01-19-2011 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for issman1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back-to-back flights for Mr. Bowen. I believe only Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson had that distinction.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-19-2011 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STS-51L came between Pinky Nelson's STS-61C and STS-26 flights, so they really cannot be considered back-to-back.

Cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov however, did fly back-to-back missions (Soyuz T-12, Soyuz T-13).

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posted 01-19-2011 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't prove it but I called it to a friend the other day. Congrats to Steve. Well deserved. I hope Tim is okay.

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posted 01-19-2011 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good time to be a mission patch maker.

Or not.

MrSpace86
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posted 01-19-2011 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A new photo and patch might have to be created. This will be tough on autograph collectors. If the mission were to go through with the announced crew, Bowen would have retired Atlantis and Discovery. That's awesome.

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posted 01-19-2011 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
STS-51L came between Pinky Nelson's STS-61C and STS-26 flights, so they really cannot be considered back-to-back.

Cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov however, did fly back-to-back missions (Soyuz T-12, Soyuz T-13).


John Young came close to making the ultimate back-to-back flights: Gene Cernan injured his right leg about six weeks before the launch of Apollo 17 and for a time it looked like his back-up, John Young, would be both the 9th, the 11th and the last man on the Moon. (I suspect NASA would have postponed the launch for one month instead, but if Cernan had actually torn the tendon, replacement by Young would have been the only viable solution).

chappy
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posted 01-19-2011 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting choice to pick Steven Bowen, I believe it's the perfect replacement, my thoughts goes to Timothy Kopra... I'm sure that Steven will do this job well in a very short time of training but his experience will be noted for this replacement. Good luck Steven with STS-133 crew.

Neil DC
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posted 01-19-2011 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A great loss for Tim, but a great new opportunity for Steve. Good luck to them both.

Before Vladimir Dzhanibekov there was Alexander Serebrov flying Soyuz T-7 and Soyuz T-8!

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posted 01-19-2011 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If we're going to talk about back-to-back flights then Bob Crippen would have the distinction certainly of flying the same orbiter consecutively on 41-C and 41-G. Have to also add the crew of STS-83 reflying as STS-94.

My congrats to Steve, but I also feel bad for Tim.

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posted 01-19-2011 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Back to back flights, as in flying one shuttle flight and then the immediate one afterward. 41D flew between Bob Crippen's 1984 flights and STS-84 flew between the two MSL flights in 1997.

ilbasso
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posted 01-20-2011 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom Jones flew back-to-back flights of Endeavour of essentially the same mission (Shuttle Radar Laboratory) on STS-59 and STS-68 in 1994.

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posted 01-20-2011 09:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STS-65 and STS-64 flew in between Jones' missions, so technically not back-to-back missions. Bowen's assignments will mark the first time an astronaut flown the next mission after completing one.

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posted 01-20-2011 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by brianjbradley:
Back to back flights, as in flying one shuttle flight and then the immediate one afterward.
As I noted the back to back flights for Crippen was for the "orbiter" and not the mission. I know 41-D and STS-84 were sandwiched, but I was just trying a different consecutive tangent. Didn't mean to throw a monkey wrench into the discussion. How could I have forgotten about Tom Jones on Endeavour.

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posted 01-23-2011 04:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With back to back space shuttle orbiter missions Dick Covey flew Discovery on 51-I and then again on STS-26 and Paul Lockhart on Shuttle Endeavour on STS-111 and STS-113.

brianjbradley
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posted 01-23-2011 10:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dogcrew5369:
I know 41-D and STS-84 were sandwiched, but I was just trying a different consecutive tangent.
My bad, Dogcrew. I guess back to back orbiter missions would also include John Blaha on STS-29 and 33 in 1989.

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posted 01-24-2011 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the input on Covey, Lockhart and Blaha. Guess I should have spent a little more time remembering the other "orbiter" back to backs considering I got it started. Technically speaking though, wouldn't Culbertson, Deshurov and Tyurin have flown back to back on STS-108 and STS-105 as ascending and descending Expedition crewmates. They were on both shuttles and their names appear on both patches. They do become part of the crew once the shuttle leaves the ISS. Any arguments?

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posted 02-02-2011 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 328KF   Click Here to Email 328KF     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA TV just played a video of Bowen during his training with the crew, while being interviewed by Mike Massimino in his own unique style.

His best line: "So Steve, have you told your family that you're going up into space again?"

Editor's note: Videos added.

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