Archive - Oct 4, 2008 - Story
NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle Discovery's STS-129 mission. The flight will deliver two experiment racks to the International Space Station.
Marine Col. Charlie Hobaugh will command the mission, which is targeted to launch in October 2009. Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Robert Satcher, Navy Capt. Michael Foreman, Marine Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik will be making their first trips to space.
The mission will return Canadian Space Agency astronaut and station crew member Robert Thirsk to Earth. This is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight to or from the space station.
NASA has awarded a two-year, $650 million contract extension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of the International Space Station to Sept. 30, 2010.
The action extends the U.S. On-Orbit Segment Acceptance and Vehicle Sustaining Engineering contract, awarded in January 1995. Work under the contract extension will include completion of delivery and on-orbit acceptance of the U.S. segment of the station, sustaining engineering of station hardware and software, support of U.S. hardware and software provided to international partners and participants in the station program, and end-to-end subsystem management for the majority of station systems.
NASA still aims to move Endeavour out to Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B this week, and it appears that the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Ike in Houston will not delay the agency's next two shuttle missions, officials said Monday.
In a widely distributed e-mail, NASA shuttle program manager John Shannon said employees whose lives have been disrupted by Ike should take care of their families first.
Many who evacuated in advance of the monster storm have not been able to return to their homes in communities that surround Johnson Space Center, which escaped major damage, but will remain closed to all but recovery crews this week.