Wed, Jun 21, 2006
Will Blast Off On Atlantis In Summer 2007
With Discovery set to
fly into space just 10 days from now, NASA is already looking ahead
to the fifth mission set to fly after the shuttle program
returns to space... and the agency says it has found just the right
person to lead that mission.
She's US Air Force colonel Pamela Melroy, who has already
piloted the shuttle on two previous missions.
Joining her on the mission to the ISS will be pilot George
Zamka, and mission specialists Scott Parazynski, Doug Wheelock,
Mike Foreman and Paolo Nespoli.
NASA reports STS-120 will deliver the Italian-built Node 2
module that eventually will connect to European and Japanese
When Melroy and her crew take flight on the STS-120 mission
aboard Atlantis in late summer of 2007, she will become only the
second female commander of a shuttle mission.
As you'll recall, the first female commander of a shuttle
mission was Eileen Collins, who commanded Discovery's first "Return
to Flight" mission last year... and who has since retired from the
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