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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #900 on: 06/16/2008 04:06 pm »
Thanks Jim,


Those were my views and not official

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #901 on: 06/27/2008 09:58 am »
Ive seen on the Astronaut Biographies page that NASA has "won" five active astronauts, because the astronauts, who lead the Flight Crew Operation Directorate (Jett, Kavandi and Lopez-Alegria) and the Astronaut Office (Lindsey and Suni Williams) now count again as Active astronauts and not as Management astronauts. Is this a sign for the Flight crew assignments for the last shuttle flights?
« Last Edit: 06/27/2008 09:28 pm by Olaf »

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #902 on: 06/27/2008 03:39 pm »
Ive seen on the the Astronaut Biographies page that NASA has "won" five active astronauts, because the astronauts, who lead the Flight Crew Operation Directorate (Jett, Kavandi and Lopez-Alegria) and the Astronaut Office (Lindsey and Suni Williams) now count again as Active astronauts and not as Management astronauts. Is this a sign for the Flight crew assignments for the last shuttle flights?

No.  For one thing, astronauts can be moved from "management" to "active" status with a phone call.  There's no necessity to re-classify these five now for that reason.

More likely explanation: NASA is phasing out management status in anticipation of the end of Shuttle assignments (last ones will be made within a year), some major attrition and the incoming 09s.  ("Pilot" and "mission specialist" designations end with Shuttle, too.)


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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #903 on: 06/27/2008 04:45 pm »
That happened with Scott Altman, didn't it? From "management" to commanding the final Hubble mission.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #904 on: 06/27/2008 05:07 pm »
RELEASE: 08-161

ASTRONAUT BARBARA MORGAN TO LEAVE NASA

HOUSTON -- Veteran space shuttle astronaut Barbara R. Morgan will
leave NASA in August to become an educator at Idaho's Boise State
University.

NASA's first educator astronaut, Morgan logged more than 305 hours in
space aboard shuttle Endeavour's STS-118 assembly mission to the
International Space Station in August 2007. She operated the shuttle
and station robotic arms to install hardware, inspect the orbiter and
support spacewalks. Morgan also served as loadmaster for the transfer
of supplies between the shuttle and station, taught lessons from
space to schoolchildren on Earth and served on the flight deck during
re-entry and landing.

"Barbara has served NASA and the Astronaut Office with distinction
over the course of her career," Astronaut Office chief Steve Lindsey
said. "From the Teacher in Space Program to her current position as a
fully qualified astronaut, she has set a superb example and been a
consistent role model for both teachers and students. She will be
missed."

Morgan previously served as the backup to payload specialist Christa
McAuliffe in the Teacher in Space Program. McAuliffe and six fellow
astronauts lost their lives in the Challenger accident on Jan. 28,
1986. Morgan, who was an elementary schoolteacher in McCall, Idaho,
before being selected as McAuliffe's backup, returned to teaching
after the accident. She was selected to train as a mission specialist
in 1998 and named to the STS-118 crew in 2002.

"It is really tough to leave NASA," Morgan said. "It is a great
organization with great people doing great things. We're going back
to the moon and on to Mars. I'm especially proud that we have three
other teachers who are astronauts, and there will be others in the
future. I'm very excited to go to work for Boise State University. I
like everything about it, and it's going to be wonderful helping
exploration by working full time for education."

Three other educator mission specialists, Richard Arnold, Joseph Acaba
and Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, are training for future
spaceflights. Arnold and Acaba are assigned to fly on the STS-119
space shuttle mission to the station in 2009.

Morgan will serve as Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise
State, providing vision and leadership to the state of Idaho on
science, technology, engineering and math education.

Highlights of Morgan's NASA career will be available on NASA
Television's video file. For NASA TV downlink information, schedules
and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more biographical information about Morgan, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/morgan.html

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

Jacques :-)

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #905 on: 06/27/2008 07:31 pm »

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"Pilot" and "mission specialist" designations end with Shuttle, too


Michael Cassutt
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If there are no designations does this mean non pilots will be able to pilot an Orion?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #906 on: 06/27/2008 08:14 pm »
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #907 on: 06/27/2008 08:16 pm »


"Pilot" and "mission specialist" designations end with Shuttle, too
Michael Cassutt
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If there are no designations does this mean non pilots will be able to pilot an Orion?
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We're talking about job titles here, not actual tasks.  NASA has not determined what Orion crew positions will be called -- there is strong sentiment within the astronaut office for "operator", which would suggest that any astronaut could "operate" the vehicle.  (Energiya flight engineers who lack pilot training have nevertheless "flown" Soyuz missions.)

However, Lindsey told me a few months back that the decision had been "kicked down the road".  I find it unlikely that the "operator-1" of an Orion mission will not be an astronaut with a flying background.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #908 on: 06/27/2008 09:32 pm »
Ive seen on the the Astronaut Biographies page that NASA has "won" five active astronauts, because the astronauts, who lead the Flight Crew Operation Directorate (Jett, Kavandi and Lopez-Alegria) and the Astronaut Office (Lindsey and Suni Williams) now count again as Active astronauts and not as Management astronauts. Is this a sign for the Flight crew assignments for the last shuttle flights?

No.  For one thing, astronauts can be moved from "management" to "active" status with a phone call.  There's no necessity to re-classify these five now for that reason.

More likely explanation: NASA is phasing out management status in anticipation of the end of Shuttle assignments (last ones will be made within a year), some major attrition and the incoming 09s.  ("Pilot" and "mission specialist" designations end with Shuttle, too.)


Michael Cassutt

Thank you sir for clarification.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #909 on: 06/28/2008 06:31 am »
About the remaining Educator Mission Specialists, I find very interesting that during the STS-119 mission next year, the scheduled third EVA, will be performed by a couple of EMSs,
( Acaba and Arnold).

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #910 on: 06/28/2008 06:43 am »
About the remaining Educator Mission Specialists, I find very interesting that during the STS-119 mission next year, the scheduled third EVA, will be performed by a couple of EMSs,
( Acaba and Arnold).

Why do you say you find this interesting? The Educator Mission Specialists are fully trained Mission Specialists who just happen to also be educators. And Mission Specialists are the astronuats who perform our EVAs.
« Last Edit: 06/28/2008 06:44 am by Trekkie07 »

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #911 on: 06/28/2008 02:15 pm »
About the remaining Educator Mission Specialists, I find very interesting that during the STS-119 mission next year, the scheduled third EVA, will be performed by a couple of EMSs,
( Acaba and Arnold).

Why do you say you find this interesting? The Educator Mission Specialists are fully trained Mission Specialists who just happen to also be educators. And Mission Specialists are the astronuats who perform our EVAs.

Thanks for your clarification.
However, the above fact is a "little curiosity".

« Last Edit: 06/28/2008 02:20 pm by faustod »

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #912 on: 06/28/2008 06:52 pm »
Anyone hear anything about Group 17 astronaut Neil Woodward leaving NASA?
Thank you.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #913 on: 06/28/2008 07:26 pm »
Anyone hear anything about Group 17 astronaut Neil Woodward leaving NASA?
Thank you.

Yes: http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum38/HTML/000865.html

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #914 on: 06/28/2008 07:30 pm »
Anyone hear anything about Group 17 astronaut Neil Woodward leaving NASA?
Thank you.

Is it known why didn't he get any flights?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #915 on: 06/28/2008 08:56 pm »
Woodward would be joining a small list of individuals who can claim to be a former NASA Astronaut, but never having flown in space.

Duane Graveline
F. Curtis Michel
John S. Bull
Philip K. Chapman
Donald L. Holmquest
J. Anthony Llewellyn
Brian T. O'Leary
Christopher "Gus" Loria.

Seemingly also to eventually include Yvonne Cagle and Fernando "Frank" Caldero (whom are both still listed as Management Astronauts, but having long since been bypassed for a flight assignment, for whatever reason.)

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #916 on: 06/30/2008 01:18 pm »
RELEASE: 08-162

ASTRONAUT JAMES REILLY LEAVES NASA

HOUSTON -- Veteran space shuttle astronaut James Reilly has left NASA
to accept a position in the private sector. Reilly flew on three
space shuttle missions to two space stations.

"Jim Reilly performed superbly as an astronaut over the course of his
career at NASA," Astronaut Office chief Steve Lindsey said. "His
technical, operational and people skills contributed directly to the
success of the space shuttle and International Space Station
programs. He was a key leader in the Astronaut Office and will be
missed."

Reilly's spaceflight experience includes more than 853 hours in space.
He has conducted five spacewalks, totaling more than 31 hours.

Selected as an astronaut in 1994, Reilly first flew in January 1998
aboard shuttle Endeavour's STS-89 mission, the eighth shuttle mission
to visit the Russian space station Mir. He next flew in 2001 on
STS-104 aboard shuttle Atlantis, performing three spacewalks during
that flight to install the joint airlock on the International Space
Station. Reilly again flew on Atlantis in 2007 on STS-117, performing
two spacewalks for construction and repair of the International Space
Station.

For more biographical information about Reilly, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/reilly.html

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov
Jacques :-)

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #917 on: 07/07/2008 04:32 pm »
According to this site:
http://astro.zeto.czest.pl/loty/fmanned.htm
The crew for STS-129 will probably see:
Zamka?, Ford?, Melvin? and Anna Fisher?.
Hoping this will be true.
« Last Edit: 07/16/2008 05:33 pm by jacqmans »

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #918 on: 07/07/2008 04:53 pm »
It'd be great to see Anna Fisher go up again, but I don't know if it will happen. 

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #919 on: 07/08/2008 09:22 am »
According to this site:
http://astro.zeto.czest.pl/loty/fmanned.htm
The crew for STS-129 will probably see:
Zamka?, Ford?, Melvin? and Anna Fisher?.
Hoping this will be true.


Fisher? Gosh, that would be so great! Talk about bridging the old days with the upcoming closure of the program ...

What do we now about that site? Are they credible?

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