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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2012 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Veteran Astronaut Ellen Baker Retires

After more than 30 years with NASA, astronaut Ellen S. Baker has retired from the agency.

Baker, who holds a degree in medicine, first joined NASA as a medical officer in 1981 and was selected as an astronaut in 1984. A veteran of three spaceflights, Baker has logged more than 686 hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-34 in 1989, STS-50 in 1992 and STS-71 in 1995.

"Ellen's career has contributed significantly in many areas of NASA's medical, science and countermeasure development," Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office, said. "Her creative ideas and dedication to NASA will be sorely missed."

Baker first flew in space as a mission specialist on Atlantis on STS-34 in 1989. The crew successfully deployed the Galileo probe to explore Jupiter, mapped atmospheric ozone on Earth and conducted medical and scientific experiments.

She next flew as a mission specialist on space shuttle Columbia on STS-50 in 1992. The mission was the first flight of the United States Microgravity Laboratory and the first Extended Duration Orbiter flight. For more than two weeks, the crew conducted scientific experiments involving crystal growth, fluid physics, fluid dynamics, biological science and combustion science.

Baker's third mission was as a mission specialist on Atlantis on STS-71 in 1995. This was the first space shuttle mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir, and involved an exchange of the station crew. The shuttle crew also performed various life sciences experiments and data collections.

SpaceAngel
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posted 01-20-2012 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAngel   Click Here to Email SpaceAngel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Why didn't Baker resign from NASA earlier after her last mission, STS-71?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-20-2012 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Baker continued to serve in leadership roles within the Astronaut Office. Her most recent position was as chief of the education and medical branch.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 01-20-2012 08:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Had a feeling she was going to retire. I know this isn't a sure sign, but I saw her do a lot of PR overseas the past year or so, much like Ivins did before she retired.

astro-nut
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posted 02-12-2012 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wish Dr. Baker all the best in her futue! I remember seeing her photo in a New York Newspaper back in 1982 in the Mission Control Center for one of the test flights of the shuttle. She has done a great job for our space agency!

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