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STS-110 Astroanuts to Provide Space Station Additional Support

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

NASA today named the crew responsible for giving the growing International Space Station some extra support that will clear the way for future expansion of the orbiting laboratory. The seven-member crew is expected to fly into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis in early 2002.

During the 10-day STS-110 mission, Atlantis and its crew will install the backbone of future space station growth by adding exterior truss supports to the Destiny laboratory, which also serves as the space station control center.

Leading the crew of STS-110 on board Atlantis will be Commander Michael Bloomfield (Lt. Col., USAF). He is joined on the flight deck by Pilot Stephen Frick (Lt. Cmdr., USN). Mission specialists for the flight are Jerry Ross (Col., USAF, Ret.), Steven Smith, Ellen Ochoa (Ph.D.), Lee M.E. Morin (Capt., USN; M.D.; Ph.D.) and Rex Walheim (Lt. Col., USAF).

Bloomfield has two previous shuttle flights to his credit, the STS-86 mission to the Russian space station Mir in 1997 and the STS-97 mission to the International Space Station last year. He leads a crew of both experienced veterans and first-time fliers.

Ross is a veteran of six shuttle missions and has extensive spacewalking experience, having been outside the orbiter on seven occasions. Smith has flown three times and has five space walks under his belt. Astronauts Morin and Walheim are first-time fliers and both will perform assembly work outside the orbiting platform during their scheduled space walks.

The crew will install a second truss, called the S0 truss. This is the center segment of a 300 foot-long station support structure connected to the Destiny laboratory module. The astronauts will also prepare this new section for the addition of four more truss segments that will ultimately be added to either side of this integral space station spine.

Ochoa, serving as the flight engineer, will mark her fourth space flight with the launch of STS-110. She flew previously as a member of the STS-56, STS-66 and STS-96 crews, often specializing in the operation of the shuttle's robotic arm.

Frick, who joins Bloomfield on the flight deck as the pilot of Atlantis, joins Mission Specialists Morin and Walheim as a first-time flier. All three are members of the 1996 astronaut class.

For information on the STS-110 crew, its mission, or ongoing International Space Station operations, visit the NASA human space flight web site at:

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov

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