May 18th, 2009 23:18 EST
NASA Assigns Crew for STS-132 Space Shuttle Mission
NASA has assigned the crew for space shuttle mission STS-132, targeted for launch in April 2010. This flight will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module (MRM1) to the International Space Station.
Navy Capt. Ken Ham will command the shuttle Atlantis for this 11-day mission. Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Navy Capt. Steve Bowen, Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman, and Piers Sellers.
Ham was born in Plainfield, N.J. He received a bachelor`s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master`s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as the pilot on the STS-124 mission, which launched on May 31, 2008.
Antonelli was born in Detroit and grew up in Indiana and North Carolina. He holds a bachelor`s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master`s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the University of Washington. He served as the pilot on STS-119, which flew to the space station in March.
STS-132 will be the second mission for Bowen, who served as a mission specialist on STS-126 in November 2008. He was born in Cohasset, Mass., and has a bachelor`s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and a degree of ocean engineering from MIT.
STS-132 also will be the second spaceflight for Nyberg, who served as a mission specialist on STS-124. She considers Vining, Minn., to be her hometown. She holds a bachelor`s degree from the University of North Dakota, and a master`s and a doctorate degree from the University of Texas.
This will be Reisman`s second spaceflight. Reisman served as a flight engineer on the space station for portions of Expeditions 16 and 17, spending more than three months in space. He was born in Morristown, N.J., and considers Parsippany, N.J., his hometown. He has a bachelor`s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master`s and doctorate degree from the California Institute of Technology.
Sellers will be embarking on his third spaceflight, having served as a mission specialist on STS-112 in 2002 and STS-121 in 2006. He was born in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom. He has a bachelor`s degree from University of Edinburgh and a doctorate from Leeds University.
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