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Oregon Astronaut Don Pettit to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

By SpaceRef Editor
October 8, 2008
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Oregon Astronaut Don Pettit to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

Astronaut Donald Pettit, who was born in Silverton, Ore., will make his 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 must do so by Oct. 20. Media should submit requests online at:

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

Pettit is one of seven astronauts who will fly on 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.

Pettit graduated from Silverton Union High School, and received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University in 1978 and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983. For Pettit’s complete biography, visit:

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

SpaceRef staff editor.