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Record-Setting Astronaut Lopez-Alegria Departs NASA

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA’s most experienced spacewalker and the American holding the record for the single longest spaceflight mission, has left the agency.

Lopez-Alegria flew on four missions and performed 10 spacewalks during his career. He most recently served in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as assistant director for the International Space Station (ISS).

“Mike has faithfully served the Flight Crew Operations Directorate for many years,” said Janet Kavandi, director of Flight Crew Operations at Johnson. “His unique background and diplomatic skills have made him an outstanding FCOD assistant director for space station and lead for the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel. Mike’s tireless dedication to the safety and well-being of space station crews is well known. We will miss him and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/mar/HQ_12-077_Lopez_Alegria_Departs.html

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Legendary Astronaut Shannon Lucid Retires From NASA

February 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Shannon Lucid, a member of NASA’s first astronaut class to include women, has retired after more than three decades of service to the agency.

A veteran of five spaceflights, Lucid logged more than 223 days in space, and from August 1991 to June 2007, held the record for the most days in orbit by any woman in the world. Lucid is the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Mir space station. She lived and worked there for more than 188 days, the longest stay of any American on that vehicle. Her time on Mir also set the single flight endurance record by a woman until Suni Williams broke it in 2006.

“Shannon is an extraordinary woman and scientist. She paved the way for so many of us,” said Peggy Whitson, chief of NASA’s Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “She was a model astronaut for long-duration missions, and whether she was flying hundreds of miles up in space or serving as Capcom [capsule communicator] during the overnight hours for our space shuttle and space station crews, she always brought a smile to our faces. Like so many others, I always will look up to her.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/jan/HQ_12-038_Lucid_Retires.html

NASA To Seek Applicants For Next Astronaut Candidate Class

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

In early November, NASA will seek applicants for its next class of astronaut candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station and future deep space exploration activities.

“For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps,” said Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “This next class will support missions to the station and will arrive via transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to participate in NASA’s continuing exploration programs that will include missions beyond low Earth orbit.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/oct/HQ_11-336_Astronaut_Candidate_Class.html

NASA To Seek Applicants For Next Astronaut Candidate Class

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

In early November, NASA will seek applicants for its next class of astronaut candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station and future deep space exploration activities.

“For scientists, engineers and other professionals who have always dreamed of experiencing spaceflight, this is an exciting time to join the astronaut corps,” said Janet Kavandi, director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. “This next class will support missions to the station and will arrive via transportation systems now in development. They also will have the opportunity to participate in NASA’s continuing exploration programs that will include missions beyond low Earth orbit.”

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/oct/HQ_11-336_Astronaut_Candidate_Class.html

NASA Offers Shuttle Tiles And Space Food To Schools And Universities

September 13, 2011 Leave a comment

NASA is offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to eligible schools and universities. The initiative is part of the agency’s efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle Program’s history and technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

The lightweight tiles protected the shuttles from extreme temperatures when the orbiters re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere. The food, which was precooked or processed so that refrigeration is unnecessary, is ready to eat or could be prepared simply by adding water or by heating. Schools can register for a login ID and request a tile or food at:  http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm

Full Story: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/sep/HQ_11-296_Shuttle_Tiles_Space_Food.html