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Space Shuttle Crew
Mission Commander   Scott Altman (Cmdr, USN)
Shuttle Pilot   Duane Carey (Lt Col, USAF)
Payload Commander 
Mission Specialist 1 
 John Grunsfeld (PhD)
Mission Specialist 2   Nancy Currie (Lt Col, USA, PhD)
Mission Specialist 3   James Newman (PhD)
Mission Specialist 4   Richard Linnehan (DVM)
Mission Specialist 5   Michael Massimino (PhD)

The 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 Carey - 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.

click for larger image All Together ::
From left to right - Michael Massimino, Richard Linnehan, Duane Carey, John Grunsfeld, Nancy Currie, Scott Altman, James Newman.
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Spacewalk ::
John Grunsfeld waves from space during the last Hubble mission (SM3A).
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In Session ::
(Left to right) Massimino, Linnehan, Newman, and Grunsfeld receiving a briefing about Hubble's outer blankets.
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Tighten Those Bolts ::
Astronaut Nancy Currie uses rechargeable power tools to manipulate nuts and bolts on a space module.
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Simulated Space ::
Massimino training in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where floating in water simulates spacewalking.
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Tubing! ::
Scott Altman travels through a tunnel to the International Space Station in zero-G.
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