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Michigan Astronaut to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
August 5, 2008
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Michigan Astronaut to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

Andrew Feustel, who was born in Lake Orion, Mich., will make his first journey into orbit on space shuttle Atlantis’ mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is targeted to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Oct. 8 at 1:34 a.m. EDT.

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Mission Specialist Feustel is one of seven astronauts who will fly on the space shuttle’s fifth and final servicing mission to Hubble. The 11-day flight will include five spacewalks to make repairs and upgrades to the telescope, extending its life into the next decade.

Feustel attended Lake Orion High School and received an associate degree from the Oakland Community College in Michigan, a master’s degree in geophysics from Purdue University, and his doctorate degree in geological sciences from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, in 1995.

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SpaceRef staff editor.