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Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-05-2014 01:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
John Fabian was originally assigned to STS-61G. He was replaced by Norman Thagard, who, if I recall correctly, was originally assigned to STS-61F.

If true, who then took Thagard's place on 61F — Dave Hilmers or Mike Lounge?

Michael Cassutt
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posted 07-06-2014 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thagard wasn't on 61-F. The two MS assigned in May 1985 were Hilmers and Lounge. Thagard replaced Fabian on 61-G, which became STS-30... van Hoften, another original 61-G MS, was replaced by Lee (so it was said at the time). Cleave was added as a third MS.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 07-06-2014 11:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah! Thanks for the clarification. As a side note, van Hoften was at Bechtel in 1986, according to his NASA bio, so I can see Lee replacing van Hoften in case a spacewalk was needed rather than Cleave - did she have any EVA training?

Michael Cassutt
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posted 07-07-2014 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't believe so. Cleave was probably the smallest astronaut selected in the first 4-5 Shuttle groups, so I doubt that the suit was ever a fit for her.

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