Fwd = NASA NAMES STS-108 SHUTTLE CREW, STATION EXPEDITION FOUR CREW
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Original Subject: NASA NAMES STS-108 SHUTTLE CREW, STATION EXPEDITION FOUR CREW
Original Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 14:10:24 -0500 (EST)
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Headquarters, Washington, DC January 29, 2001
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
NASA NAMES STS-108 SHUTTLE CREW, STATION EXPEDITION FOUR CREW
Astronauts have begun training for the STS-108/Utilization
Flight-1 mission to rotate International Space Station crews and
to deliver experiments and scientific racks for the station's
U.S. Laboratory, Destiny.
Dominic L. Gorie (Capt., USN) will command Space Shuttle
Endeavour on STS-108, scheduled for launch late in 2001. The
pilot is Mark E. Kelly (Lt. Cmdr., USN). Mission Specialists
Linda M. Godwin and Daniel M. Tani round out the dedicated-
With them aboard Endeavour on its flight will be the Expedition
Four crew, commanded by cosmonaut Yuri Onufrienko, a Russian Air
Force colonel. Two astronauts, Daniel W. Bursch (Capt., USN) and
Carl E. Walz (Col., USAF), complete the Expedition Four crew.
They will replace the Expedition Three crew, commander Frank
Culbertson and cosmonauts Vladimir N. Dezhurov, a Russian Air
Force lieutenant colonel, and Mikhail Turin, who will return to
Earth on Endeavour.
Gorie will be making his third trip to space. He served as pilot
on both STS-91 in 1998 and STS-99 in 2000. Kelly, selected as an
astronaut candidate in 1996 and making his first space flight,
has held technical positions in the Astronaut Office at NASA's
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, since completing his initial
Godwin has served as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office in
addition to flying on three previous shuttle missions, STS-37 in
1991, STS-59 in 1994, and STS-76 in 1996. During the 1996
mission she performed a six-hour space walk at the Mir space
station. Tani, another space rookie, was selected as an
astronaut in 1996 and has been assigned various technical duties
including support to the extravehicular activity (space walk)
function in the Astronaut Office.
All members of the Expedition Four crew have previously flown in
space. Onufrienko served as commander on Mir-21 in 1996. Walz
flew on STS-51 in 1993, STS-65 in 1994 and STS-79 in 1996.
Bursch flew aboard STS-51 in 1993, STS-68 in 1994, and STS-77 in
A complete list of all astronauts and their biographical data
can be found on the Internet at:
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