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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-18-2014 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA astronaut Andrew Thomas retires

Andrew Thomas has retired from NASA after more than 22 years of service to the agency.

Thomas, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering, was selected to join NASA's astronaut corps in 1992. Before joining NASA, Thomas worked in private industry as a research scientist responsible for designing vehicle aerodynamics, flight controls and propulsion systems.

"Andy is an extraordinary researcher, engineer and astronaut who has done it all in his 22 years as a NASA astronaut," said Janet Kavandi, director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson. "In his 177 days in space over four missions, Andy served as the payload commander for a dedicated research mission, lived aboard the Russian Mir space station, conducted a spacewalk during an International Space Station assembly mission and served a vital role as a crew member on our crucial Return to Flight mission, STS-114, following the tragic Columbia accident. Since his last flight, Andy has helped shape NASA's future through his tireless work supporting the development of future exploration technology. We will miss him deeply."

Thomas traveled to Mir in 1998 to assist in the transition to space station operations. He was the last American to live on Mir and performed numerous life and physical sciences experiments during the course of his stay. His research aboard Mir provided the framework for the multinational cooperation and collaborative research on today's International Space Station.

Thomas held multiple technical and leadership assignments during his NASA career, including deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 06-21-2014 10:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thomas has retired to Texas, most likely to San Antonio, according to The Australian:
"I'd had four amazing flights, I was not going to fly again because I'm beyond my use-by date, so I decided it was time to hang up the flight suit."

...That was rewarding, and interesting engineering but I felt it was time to concentrate on my personal life a little bit more and not be chained to a desk for eight hours a day."

...Dr. Thomas said he had a 40 acre ranch property in central Texas where he would eventually live with his astronaut wife, Shannon Walker, who is still in the NASA program and hoping for at least one more flight.

The article notes his retirement was effective March 1.

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