June 30, 2008
Johnson Space Center, Houston
ASTRONAUT JAMES REILLY LEAVES NASA
HOUSTON -- Veteran space shuttle astronaut James Reilly has left NASA
to accept a position in the private sector. Reilly flew on three
space shuttle missions to two space stations.
"Jim Reilly performed superbly as an astronaut over the course of his
career at NASA," Astronaut Office chief Steve Lindsey said. "His
technical, operational and people skills contributed directly to the
success of the space shuttle and International Space Station
programs. He was a key leader in the Astronaut Office and will be
Reilly's spaceflight experience includes more than 853 hours in space.
He has conducted five spacewalks, totaling more than 31 hours.
Selected as an astronaut in 1994, Reilly first flew in January 1998
aboard shuttle Endeavour's STS-89 mission, the eighth shuttle mission
to visit the Russian space station Mir. He next flew in 2001 on
STS-104 aboard shuttle Atlantis, performing three spacewalks during
that flight to install the joint airlock on the International Space
Station. Reilly again flew on Atlantis in 2007 on STS-117, performing
two spacewalks for construction and repair of the International Space
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