Saturday, November 08, 2003

Next Shuttle Crew Set

The crew for STS-114, the first post-Columbia mission which will primarily test repair and inspection techniques, has been set. Three astronauts who were to be taken to the space station for a crew rotation have been replaced by three other crew members. The current lineup is Commander Eileen Collins, pilot James Kelly, and mission specialists Stephen Robinson, Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and the three replacements, Andrew Thomas, Wendy Lawrence, and Charles Camarda. Camarda and Noguchi are rookies. STS-114 will be flown aboard Atlantis.

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