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astro-nut
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posted 04-30-2006 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In Mike Mullane's book "RIDING ROCKETS" on pages 214-215 he mentions that Mike Smith was a backup pilot for previous shuttle flight and he almost flew that mission. What mission was this for and who would of have likely taken Mike Smith's place of STS-51-L? Anyone with information concerning this? Thank you!

Michael Cassutt
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posted 04-30-2006 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
<In Mike Mullane's book "RIDING ROCKETS" on pages 214-215 he mentions that Mike Smith was a backup pilot for previous shuttle flight and he almost flew that mission. What mission was this for and who would of have likely taken Mike Smith's place of STS-51-L? Anyone with information concerning this? Thank you!>

The mission was 51-C -- the PLT on that crew, Loren Shriver, had a temporary medical condition that could have affected his qualification to fly. I don't believe the question of Smith's 51-L assignment came into play, since this was either prior to that, or early enough that he could have been replaced.... or simply flown both missions.

Michael Cassutt

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