diverse and distinguished crew of STS-109 included an astrophysicist,
a veterinarian, a mechanical engineer, a molecular physicist,
a Navy fighter pilot, an Air Force test pilot, and a Master
Army Aviator. Five of the seven answer to "Dr."
- besides the doctor of veterinary medicine, four hold Ph.D.s.
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Two-time shuttle veteran Scott
Altman commanded the
mission. With him on the flight deck were pilot Duane
- making his first space flight - and flight engineer and
robotic arm operator Nancy
Currie - with three previous
missions to her credit.
Payload Commander John
Grunsfeld is no stranger to Hubble. This high-energy
astrophysicist is a veteran of three flights, including
the 1999 Hubble servicing mission, when he performed two
spacewalks. On this mission, he led the spacewalking team, which
included veteran astronauts James
(Jim) Newman and Richard
(Rick) Linnehan, and first-time flyer Michael
(Mike) Massimino. The four worked in alternating
pairs to perform the five planned spacewalks.
Several members of this crew have flown together before.
In 1998, Scott Altman and Rick Linnehan were crewmates aboard
STS-90, a 16-day Spacelab flight that measured the effects
of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. Also in
1998, Nancy Currie and Jim Newman flew together on STS-88,
the first International Space Station assembly mission.
This mission mated the first American-made module, Unity,
to the first Russian-made module, Zarya.
From left to right - Michael Massimino, Richard Linnehan,
Duane Carey, John Grunsfeld, Nancy Currie, Scott Altman,