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January 21, 2011

Injured NASA astronaut replaced on crew of upcoming mission

Injured NASA astronaut replaced on crew of upcoming mission

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NASA astronaut Steve Bowen (pictured) has been named to replace Tim Kopra on the upcoming STS-133 mission following an injury sustained by Kopra last weekend in a bicycle accident.
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NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, a crew member on the upcoming STS-133 Space Shuttle mission, who was injured over the weekend in a bicycle accident, has been replaced. Astronaut Steve Bowen will be taking his place.

Kopra’s duties of lead spacewalker on the crew of STS-133 will be transmitted to Bowen, veteran of two previous spaceflights, STS-126 and STS-132. Peggy Whitson, chief of NASA’S Astronaut Office, expressed her confidence in Bowen saying, “[Steve] has performed five prior spacewalks. That extensive experience, coupled with some adjustments to the spread of duties among the crew, will allow for all mission objectives to be accomplished as originally planned in the current launch window.”

Bowen will begin training for STS-133 along with fellow crew members Steven Lindsey, Eric Boe, Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt, and Nicole Stott later on this week.

Although Kopra is expected to make a full recovery from his injury, Whitson commented that “He will not be able to support the launch window next month.” She does note, however, that Kopra could possibly rejoin the crew if the launch date of STS-133 were to “slip significantly.” Currently, the mission is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on February 24.

This crew change is part of a series of ongoing issues with the upcoming STS-133 mission, the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, including technical problems with Discovery’s external fuel tank.



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January 19, 2011

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury

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NASA astronaut Tim Kopra sustained an injury over the weekend that could jeopardize his Space Shuttle flight later this year.
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NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, a crew member on the upcoming STS-133 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS), sustained an injury in a bicycle accident over the weekend, possibly breaking his hip. His injury could create difficulties for him, the lead space-walker on the STS-133 mission, and the rest of the crew in their training for the mission. The mission is currently scheduled to launch on February 24.

Although Kopra is expected to make a full recovery from his injury, NASA says there is a possibility that his duties on the upcoming mission to the ISS could be modified. “Mission Specialist Tim Kopra was injured Saturday in a bicycle accident, but he will be OK. There could be an impact to his duties for shuttle Discovery’s STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. That possibility still is being evaluated,” said NASA in a statement to the press on Monday.

Kopra’s injury comes amidst technical troubles with Space Shuttle Discovery‘s external fuel tank. While technicians work to solve the problems with the fuel tank, the rest of the STS-133 crew continue to train for their mission at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.



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August 29, 2009

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully lifts off on mission STS-128

Space Shuttle Discovery successfully lifts off on mission STS-128

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery.
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Space Shuttle Discovery has successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on mission STS-128. Discovery took off at 11:59 p.m. (EDT) for a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The shuttle’s payload consists of a Multi-Purpose Logistics Module or ‘Leonardo’ and a Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier. The treadmill named for comedian Stephen Colbert also is aboard Discovery. Colbert had previously won a contest to have one of the modules named after him, but officials at NASA decided on the name Tranquility.

“Space Shuttle Discovery completed a flawless ascent into orbit Friday night to begin a two-day chase of the International Space Station,” said NASA in a statement on their website.

After flying up on Discovery, astronaut Nicole Stott will trade places with station resident Tim Kopra, who went into space last month aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.



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June 13, 2009

NASA cancels launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA cancels launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Endeavour on launchpad 39A
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NASA has canceled today’s early morning launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour because of a hydrogen fuel leak. The leak was discovered after NASA personnel began to fill Endeavour’s external fuel tank.

“The official scrub time was 12:26 a.m. EDT. Launch teams began draining Endeavour’s external fuel tank of its liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen at 12:06 a.m.. Fueling was halted after the leak was detected near the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, which attached to the external tank at its intertank area,” said NASA in a statement on their website.

Launch for mission STS-127 was scheduled for 7:17 a.m. (EDT) on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If NASA fixes the problem in a reasonable period, the next window of opportunity for launch would be at 6:51 a.m Sunday morning. If the problem cannot be solved by then, NASA says the earliest they would be able to re-schedule Endeavor’s lift off would be June 17. This would conflict with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) launch. Space Shuttle Discovery will be on standby in case of emergencies and STS-128 could be readied to launch by August 6.

A similar problem in March forced NASA to push back the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery for mission STS-119. The problem was fixed and Discovery was able to take off.

Mission STS-127 is the 32nd flight dedicated to the International Space Station construction, and the final of a series of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory complex. The STS-127 payload is the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section. The mission is scheduled to last sixteen days.

This trip marks the first time that thirteen people will be on the ISS at the same time. Canada will see two astronauts in space simultaneously, also a first for the nation. Crew members listed to be part of the mission are Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Doug Hurley, astronauts Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Canadian Space Agency’s mission specialist Julie Payette, and mission specialists Tom Marshburn and Tim Kopra.



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