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Official NASA Communication 02-249

Official NASA Communication 02-249

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Kyle HerringNASA Headquarters, Washington Dec. 12, 2002(Phone: 202/358-1874)Doug PetersonJohnson Space Center, Houston(Phone: 281/483-5111)RELEASE: 02-249ASTRONAUTS NAMED FOR FUTURE SPACE STATION MISSIONSCrews have been assigned to begin training for threeInternational Space Station missions. The missions,scheduled for late 2003 and early 2004, will continueStation assembly and rotate expedition crews.STS-118, with a six-member crew, is slated for launch inNovember 2003. STS-119 will follow with 10 crewmembers,including Expedition Nine traveling to the Station andExpedition Eight returning to Earth.STS-120, scheduled for launch in early 2004, has sixcrewmembers that will deliver the U.S. Node Two, markingcompletion of the U.S. Core assembly.Scott J. Kelly (Cmdr., USN) will command the crew of STS-118, and Charles O. Hobaugh (Lt. Col., USMC) will be thepilot. Veteran astronauts Scott E. Parazynski (M.D.) andDafydd (Dave) R. Williams (M.D., Canadian Space Agency) willbe returning to space for their fifth and second missions,respectively. Barbara R. Morgan, the first EducatorAstronaut, and Lisa M. Nowak (Cmdr., USN) round out the crewas mission specialists.Kelly made his first flight aboard STS-103 in 1999 as thepilot, and he trained as a backup flight engineer forExpedition Five. Hobaugh served as the pilot on STS-104 in2001. Parazynski's previous missions are STS-66 in 1994,STS-86 in 1997, STS-95 in 1998, and STS-100 in 2001.Williams flew aboard STS- 90 in 1998. Morgan and Nowak willmake their first trips into space.Veteran mission commander Steven W. Lindsey (Col., USAF)leads STS-119. The mission's pilot will be Mark E. Kelly(Cmdr., USN) with mission specialists Michael L. Gernhardt(Ph.D.) and Carlos I. Noriega (Lt. Col., USMC, ret.).Lindsey flew as the pilot on STS-87 in 1997 and STS-95 in1998, and as mission commander aboard STS-104 in 2001. Kelly

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