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  The shrinking astronaut corps (poster): Bloomfield, Curbeam, Jett, Lu, MacLean, McArthur, Nowak, Oefelein, Thomas, Wilcutt

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Author Topic:   The shrinking astronaut corps (poster): Bloomfield, Curbeam, Jett, Lu, MacLean, McArthur, Nowak, Oefelein, Thomas, Wilcutt
Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-24-2007 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has updated their astronauts roster poster to account for recently announced (and unannounced) departures from the corps.

Missing from the 2007 Astronauts poster that appeared on the 2006-2007 earlier edition: Michael Bloomfield, Robert Curbeam, Brent Jett, Ed Lu, Steven MacLean, Bill McArthur, Lisa Nowak, Bill Oefelein, Don Thomas and Terry Wilcutt.

chappy
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posted 07-24-2007 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
About this poster, is it correct that it's the former astronauts who left NASA or what?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-24-2007 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The names I listed were only those who were included on the previous version of the same poster but have since been removed. Some of the 10 astronauts (e.g. Bloomfield) had corresponding press releases announcing their departure, while others, such as Jett and Curbeam, are still listed as active on NASA's website. It is not clear what changed that now merited their exclusion from the poster.

Mike Dixon
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posted 07-24-2007 08:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Dixon   Click Here to Email Mike Dixon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there a larger image of either this poster or previous editions available?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-25-2007 01:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The poster is available as a PDF on the Space Flight Awareness website.

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posted 07-25-2007 01:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there printed versions of those? Or should we printed them ourselves - I've always wondered what kind of printer and paper would be best for the job and how much it would cost...

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posted 07-25-2007 01:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
...still listed as active on NASA's website. It is not clear what changed that now merited their exclusion from the poster.
Some of these people, like McArthur, Thomas and Curbeam, are now in management positions.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-25-2007 01:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
True, but other "management" astronauts are listed on the poster (e.g. Baker, Lindsey, Lucid, Smith), while a great majority of the astronauts listed as management on NASA's website are excluded.

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posted 07-25-2007 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It is pure speculation since I do not know the individual personal files, but the term "on flight status" might be the keyword here to distinguish "management" from "management".

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-30-2007 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don Thomas' NASA biography has been updated:
Dr. Thomas retired from NASA in July 2007 in order to pursue private interests.
...and his name has been moved to the former astronauts list.

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posted 07-30-2007 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rex Hall   Click Here to Email Rex Hall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Reading Ed Lu's biography, he leaves in August to go to Google.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-24-2007 10:24 AM     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 Robert Pearlman:
Thomas retired from NASA in July 2007 in order to pursue private interests.
The Towerlight: Astronaut lands at Towson
After traveling in space and orbiting the Earth, Donald Thomas decided to encourage young students to become math and science majors in the Baltimore area.

Thomas started as director of the Willard Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Aug. 1.

Towson University release (Mar 15, 2007)
Academy of Mathematics and Science lifts off with astronaut director

Towson University President Robert L. Caret announced the appointment of Donald A. Thomas as Director of the Willard Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science at Towson University. Thomas currently serves as a NASA International Space Station program scientist at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

As a veteran astronaut he flew on four Space Shuttle flights, logging nearly 45 days in space. Thomas received his B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. and Doctorate in materials science and engineering from Cornell University. He has extensive leadership experience in scientific operations, training and teaching and is uniquely qualified to lead the Willard Hackerman Academy. The academy's mission is to attract and retain more students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through professional development and mentoring for science and math teachers.

"I am proud that Towson University is able to attract a strong leader and spokesperson like Don Thomas. His accomplishments are inspiring, and his leadership will bring much-needed attention to STEM education. Universities must take an active role to ensure that America remains competitive in science and technology. I am very pleased that Don Thomas will be on board to help Towson University enhance our role," said Dr. Caret.

The Hackerman Academy was established in 2006 through a generous gift from Willard Hackerman, president and CEO of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. The academy is housed within the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics on the campus of Towson University.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
Veteran Astronaut and Spacewalker Robert Curbeam Leaves NASA

NASA astronaut Robert Curbeam, Jr., has left NASA to take a job in the private sector.

"Bob has served his country with distinction for more than 23 years, both as an astronaut and naval officer," said Brent Jett, director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "His accomplishments and talents are truly extraordinary. We are grateful for his service at NASA and wish him well in his new career."

Curbeam most recently served as deputy director of the Flight Crew Operations Directorate. He has flown on three space shuttle missions. On his last flight, STS-116 in December 2006, Curbeam became the first shuttle astronaut ever to conduct four spacewalks in a single mission. During the spacewalks, he assisted in clearing problems that had prevented the folding of a solar array wing on the International Space Station and completed other assembly tasks.

Curbeam also flew on STS-85 in August 1997 and STS-98 in February 2001. During the STS-98 mission, he performed three spacewalks to help install the space station's Destiny laboratory. He has accumulated 45 hours and 34 minutes of spacewalking time and more than 900 hours in space.

NASA selected Curbeam as an astronaut in December 1994. He has served in a variety of technical and management positions within the Astronaut Office in Houston. He also served as deputy associate administrator for safety and mission assurance at NASA Headquarters in Washington and as director of safety, reliability and quality assurance for the Constellation Program.

Curbeam has reportedly accepted a position at the Ares Corporation.

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posted 12-07-2007 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder who will replace Curbeam as Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations? I would think Mike Lopez-Alegria and Scott Parazynski would be leading candidates.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 12-20-2007 08:47 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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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Curbeam has reportedly accepted a position at the Ares Corporation.
ARES Corporation release
Capt. Robert Curbeam (USN Ret.) Appointed Vice President and Manager of Houston Operations

ARES Corporation announced today that Robert Curbeam (USN Ret.) joined ARES as Vice President and Manager of Houston Operations, effective December 3.

Curbeam, formerly Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson Space Center, has 23 years of military experience, 13 of which were spent as an astronaut at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The veteran of three spaceflights and seven spacewalks, Capt. Curbeam was the first astronaut to perform four spacewalks in a single Shuttle mission. In addition to his spaceflight experience, he has extensive aerospace experience, having served as Payloads Group Lead, Astronaut Office Safety Branch Chief, Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance at NASA Headquarters, and Director of Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance for the Constellation Program.

"Bob's proven ability to manage complex aerospace systems and teams will strengthen our ability to support the Vision for Space Exploration," said William Vantine, President of the Risk and Technology Solutions Division.

ARES Corporation provides risk management, project management, software and information technology, systems engineering and engineering products and services to government agencies (DoE, DOD, NASA), government contractors, Aerospace, and Fortune 1000 companies. ARES Corporation has numerous offices across the United States, Canada and South America.

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