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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-04-2011 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Astronaut Marsha Ivins Leaves NASA

NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, a veteran of five space flights, has retired from the agency.

"Marsha's incredible depth of mission experience and technical expertise has been a tremendous asset to this office," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "We have relied on her expertise for years in many diverse areas, including but not limited to crew provisions, optimal hardware packing, human ratings development, vehicle habitability and orbiter preflight vehicle checks. Her expertise and dedication to NASA's mission will be sorely missed."

Ivins joined NASA in 1974 as an engineer. She worked on space shuttle displays, controls, man-machine engineering and the development of the orbiter's head-up display. She served in Johnson's aircraft operations as a flight engineer for the Shuttle Training Aircraft and copilot of the Gulfstream I.

Ivins was selected as an astronaut in 1984. She spent more than 1,300 hours in space during five shuttle flights: STS-32 in 1990, STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997 and STS-98 in 2001.

Ivins most recently worked within the Astronaut Office supporting the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Constellation Programs.

Mike Z
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posted 01-08-2011 01:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Being from Baltimore Marsha was very good to my son Craig and me. She was the first astronaut I got to know.

Her uncle and my uncle grew up together and are life long friends. They even owned race horses at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore.

When my son was very ill in 1995 Marsha sent him a 1900 silver dollar. When ever she was out of the country she sent us postcards. She also sent me an invitation to each of her five of her missions and a crew signed photo.

She asked if I could send Sonny, "Billy Bob" Carter a signed photo of my good friend Brooks Robinson. We really became friendly, Sonny played pro soccer and loved baseball! Sonny was outstanding to us too I sure miss him!

Marsha will be missed by the Astronaut Office. I wish her all the very best in what ever she does in the future. Be well Marsha!!

KSCartist
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posted 01-08-2011 05:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice tribute Mike. Obviously a very warm person. I hope to meet her someday.

brianjbradley
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posted 01-16-2011 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for brianjbradley   Click Here to Email brianjbradley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know where Ms. Ivins has gone? Or has she all out retired? I know she maintains a strict level of privacy.

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