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Canadian astronaut Dave Williams led the longest NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) excursion to date aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aquarius Underwater Laboratory off the Florida coast.
Rick Mastracchio, who is 47, is from Waterbury, Conn. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and two masters degrees. He is married, and has three children. He had worked with NASA contractors Hamilton Standard and Rockwell Shuttle Operations Company, and first joined NASA in 1990 as an engineer in flight crew operations before entering the astronaut corps in 1996.......
His previous flight was aboard Atlantis in 2000, when he and the rest of the crew spent an 11-day mission preparing the International Space Station for its first permanent crew by bringing up nearly 7,000 pounds of supplies, as well as installing essentials like a treadmill and a toilet.
Barbara Radding Morgan, is the best known member of the crew because of her role as the educator astronaut. Ms. Morgan had been selected as the backup “teacher in space” for Christa McAuliffe for the January 1986 flight of the shuttle Challenger. After the Challenger broke apart during launching and its crew of seven died, NASA named her the teacher in space designee.
Ms. Morgan was selected as a full-fledged member of the astronaut corps in 1998. Now 55, she is married to Clay Morgan and they have two sons. She has taught in Idaho and Ecuador, and said that exploring the world — and what is above it — comes naturally to her as a teacher........
During the mission, she will be responsible for transferring 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment between the shuttle and the space station, and will operate the shuttle and station robotic arms.
Charles Owen Hobaugh, the pilot, is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Marine Corps. He is 45, and was born in Bar Harbor, Me. and is married to the former Corinna Lynn Learman; they have four children. Colonel Hobaugh, whose nickname is “Scorch,” earned his college degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. His official NASA biography states that he enjoys a full slate of physical activity, including weightlifting, skiing, and triathlons.
Like Commander Kelly, he was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps in 1996, and has flown one previous mission, in 2001.
Scott J. Kelly, the commander on this mission, is also a commander in the Navy. He is 43 and was born in Orange, N.J. He and his wife, the former Leslie S. Yandell, have two children.
Commander Kelly graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College, and earned a masters in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee. His twin brother, Mark, served as pilot of the shuttle Discovery on a mission last year.
NASA selected Commander Kelly for the astronaut corps in 1996, and he has flown in space once before: as pilot on a flight in 1999 aboard the shuttle Discovery to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Tracy E. Caldwell, a Californian who is 38, will have a birthday in space on Aug. 14. She has a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of California at Davis. This will be her first space flight, and she will be working the shuttle’s robotic arm to inspect the shuttle’s heat tiles for launch damage and work with spacewalking astronauts from inside the spacecraft, among other tasks. Back on earth, she is a vocalist in the astronaut band Max Q.
Daffydd Rhys Williams, an astronaut from the Canadian Space Agency, was born in Saskatoon. Dr. Williams goes by Dave; his father gave him the name Daffydd as a tribute to the family’s Welsh heritage. “So of course in elementary school it was always very hard, because I’d go and the teachers would think that I spelled my name wrong, you know, and they’d be correcting,” he said. “And I’d go, ‘No, no, this is really how it’s spelled.’ ”
He is 53 and is married, with two children; he graduated from McGill University in Montreal, and received his medical training there as well. He was chosen as a Canadian astronaut in 1992, and came to NASA in 1995, and flew aboard the shuttle Columbia in a mission in 1998...
Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. is in the Air Force and is the newest member of the crew. He was assigned just four months before the flight after NASA officials decided to send astronaut Clay Anderson to replace Sunita Williams aboard the International Space Station on an earlier shuttle mission than had been originally planned.
During his Air Force career, Colonel Drew flew combat missions in the in Operation Just Cause, the invasion of Panama, in 1989, and in first Gulf War. He is 43, was selected by NASA in 2000.
He is from Washington, D.C. and is single. He was shocked to get the call about joining this mission.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have a fresh supply of food, water and other vital supplies onboard after the flawless Sunday arrival of an unmanned Russian cargo ship.
The automated supply ship Progress 26 docked at the space station at 2:40 p.m. EDT (1840 GMT) as both spacecraft flew high above central Europe.
"Contact confirmed, we can see capture," said Expedition 15 commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, a Russian cosmonaut who stood ready to take remote control of Progress 26 should its automated docking systems fail.
But Progress 26 did not require Yurchikhin's help to dock at the station's Russian-built Pirs docking compartment, and successfully delivered 2.5 tons of fresh supplies to the station's three-astronaut crew.