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Astronaut Steve Bowen Named To STS-133 Space Shuttle Crew; Media Teleconference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CST



Jan. 19, 2011

Joshua Buck 
Headquarters, Washington      
202-358-1100 
jbuck@xxxxxxxx 

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 
nicole.cloutier-1@xxxxxxxx 


RELEASE: 11-023

ASTRONAUT STEVE BOWEN NAMED TO STS-133 SPACE SHUTTLE CREW; MEDIA TELECONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR 3:30 P.M. CST

HOUSTON -- NASA selected astronaut Steve Bowen as a mission specialist 
on STS-133, the next space shuttle mission planned for launch on Feb. 
24. Bowen replaces astronaut Tim Kopra, who was injured in a bicycle 
accident over the weekend. The agency will hold a media 
teleconference at 3:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 19, to discuss the 
change in crew personnel. 

The teleconference panelists are: 
-- Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space 
Operations 
-- Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office 

To participate in the teleconference, reporters must contact the NASA 
Space Operations Public Affairs office at 202-358-1100 or the Johnson 
Space Center's newsroom at 281-483-5111 for dial-in instructions. 
Requests must include reporters' media affiliation and telephone 
number. 

"Tim is doing fine and expects a full recovery, however, he will not 
be able to support the launch window next month," said Peggy Whitson, 
chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in 
Houston. "If for some unanticipated reason STS-133 slips 
significantly, it is possible that Tim could rejoin the crew." 

The crew change should not affect the mission's target launch date. 

"Steve is an ideal candidate, and we have complete confidence he'll 
contribute to a fully successful STS-133 mission," Whitson said. "He 
has performed five prior spacewalks. That extensive experience, 
coupled with some adjustments to the spread of duties among the crew, 
will allow for all mission objectives to be accomplished as 
originally planned in the current launch window." 

Bowen will begin training this week with the STS-133 crew, which 
includes Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Eric Boe, and Mission 
Specialists Alvin Drew, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott. Bowen also 
will train to perform the two planned spacewalks of the mission. He 
will join Alvin Drew to move a failed ammonia pump and perform other 
external configurations to the station. 

The STS-133 mission to the International Space Station will deliver 
the Permanent Multipurpose Module, an external platform that holds 
large equipment and critical spare components for the station. The 
mission also will deliver Robonaut 2, or R2, the first human-like 
robot in space. 

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: 



http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio 


For Bowen's complete astronaut biographical information, visit: 



http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/bowen-sg.html 


For Kopra's complete astronaut biographical information, visit: 



http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/kopra-tl.html 


For information on the STS-133 mission, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle   

	
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