Press Release

Minnesota Astronaut to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2008
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Minnesota Astronaut to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission
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Astronaut Hediemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, who was born in St. Paul, Minn., will make her second journey into orbit on space shuttle Endeavour’s mission to the International Space Station. Endeavour is targeted to launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 14, at 7:55 p.m. EST.

To cover the launch at Kennedy, U.S. reporters must request credentials by Nov. 3 and foreign reporters by Oct. 20. Media should submit requests online at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov/

To request an interview with Mission Specialist Piper, news media should contact the Johnson Space Center newsroom in Houston at 281-483-5111 by Nov. 3.

Piper will conduct three spacewalks during the shuttle mission designated STS-126. The shuttle will deliver equipment and supplies necessary to double the station crew size from three to six in May 2009. During the 15-day flight, astronauts will service the station’s two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints. The starboard joint has been in limited use since September 2007.

Piper graduated from Derham Hall High School in St. Paul. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1984, and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 1985. For Piper’s complete biography, visit:

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

For the latest information about the STS-126 mission and crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

SpaceRef staff editor.