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NASA Facts Space Shuttle Discovery STS-121

NASA Facts Space Shuttle Discovery STS-121

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NASA
Facts
National Aeronautics andSpace AdministrationWashington, D.C. 20546(202) 358-1600For Release
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FACT SHEET June 26, 2006SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY (STS-121)
The launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew will mark thesecond mission in the Return to Flight sequence. The mission, designated STS-121, will testshuttle safety improvements to build on findings from Discovery's flight last year. Theimprovements include a redesign of the shuttle external fuel tank's foam insulation, in-flightinspection of the shuttle's heat shield, improved imagery during launch and the ability to launcha shuttle rescue mission if needed. The STS-121 mission also will bolster the InternationalSpace Station, making a key repair and delivering more than 28,000 pounds of equipment andsupplies, as well as a third crew member. Two spacewalks are planned during Discovery's 12-day mission. If there is enough electrical power, the mission will be extended by one day and athird spacewalk will be added. Shuttle managers hope to make that decision by flight day 6.
CREW
Steve Lindsey
 
(Colonel, USAF), Commander 
Veteran of three spaceflights, missioncommander on STS-104 in 2001
Age: 45, born in Arcadia, Calif., enjoyscamping and mountain/dirt biking
Mark Kelly
(Commander, USN), Pilot
Veteran of one spaceflight, will guidespacewalkers
Age: 41, born in Orange, N.J., enjoys cycling,weight-lifting and golf 
 
Piers Sellers
 
(Peers)
 
(Ph.D.), Mission Specialist
Veteran of one spaceflight, leadspacewalker 
Age: 50, born in United Kingdom, enjoyssailing with his son
Mike Fossum
 
(F
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m)
 
(Lt. Colonel, USAF Reserves), Mission Specialist
First spaceflight, will perform two or threespacewalks
Age: 48, born in Sioux Falls, S.D., enjoysfamily activities and fishing
Lisa Nowak
 
(N
ō
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ă
c)(Commander, USN), Mission Specialist
First spaceflight, will operate shuttle roboticarm during first spacewalk
Age: 42, born in Washington, D.C., enjoyscrossword puzzles and playing piano
 
Stephanie Wilson
Mission Specialist
First spaceflight, will use station robotic armto move cargo from the shuttle to the station
Age: 39, born in Boston, enjoys stampcollecting and traveling
Thomas
(Toe-mahs')
 
Reiter
 
(R
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r)
 
ESA astronaut, Mission Specialist
Veteran of one spaceflight, will remainaboard the space station for several months
Age: 47, born in Germany, enjoys fencingand playing guitar The STS-121 patch depicts the space shuttledocked with the International Space Station inthe foreground, overlaying the astronautsymbol with three gold columns and a goldstar. The background shows Earth at nighttimewith a dawn breaking over the horizon.
(For more details, see Press Kit p. 12-16)

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