|Army Astronaut Delivers Goods to Space Station|
Army Astronaut Delivers Goods to Space Station
By Staff Sgt. Marcia Triggs, Army News Service.
Washington D.C. --(ANS) August 16, 2001 -- After more than 168 days aboard the International Space Station, a retired Army colonel will return to earth next week.
Retired Col. Jim Voss will ride home aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, crewed by active Army Lt. Col. Patrick Forrester, a mission specialist. The shuttle is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center Aug. 22.
Forrester is part of a four-man shuttle crew whose mission is to deliver 7,000 pounds of supplies, food, and science experiments to the space station. The shuttle also transported up the Expedition Three crew who will spend the next several months on the space station.
Voss, a flight engineer with the Expedition Two crew, arrived at the space station March 18 to study the human body in space, space radiation, observations of the Earth, crystal growth in weightlessness and plant growth in space.
Voss' replacement and the Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at the space station Aug. 12.
While the shuttle was docked at the space station this week, Forrester and another mission specialist, Dan Barry, performed two space walks.
NASA selected Forrester as an astronaut candidate in May 1996. He completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist.
In addition to Forrester, there are five other active-duty Army astronauts: Lt. Col. Jeff Williams, Lt. Col. Nancy Currie, Lt. Col. Tim Creamer, Lt. Col. Doug Wheelock and an astronaut candidate, Maj. Timothy Kopra.
The outgoing crew was commanded by a Russian cosmonaut with two American crew members. Expedition Three will be commanded by a U.S. astronaut joined by two Russian crewmembers. The crews alternate each rotation as agreed upon by the American and Russian station partners, said an official from the NASA Public Affairs Office.
The International Space Station is the largest space station ever and with the conclusion of Expedition Two's scientific research it has reached a significant level of stability and self-reliance, according to NASA officials. They said the station is able to sustain and maintain itself for long periods, and is prepared to continue to grow for years to come.