Injured NASA astronaut replaced on crew of upcoming mission
Friday, January 21, 2011
Kopra's duties of leadon the crew of STS-133 will be transmitted to Bowen, veteran of two previous spaceflights, and . , chief of NASA'S Astronaut Office, expressed her confidence in Bowen saying, "[Steve] 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 for STS-133 along with fellow crew members, , , , and later on this week.
Although Kopra is expected to make a full recovery from his injury, Whitson commented that "He will not be able to support the launch window next month." She does note, however, that Kopra could possibly rejoin the crew if the launch date of STS-133 were to "slip significantly." Currently, the mission is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station on February 24.
This crew change is part of a series of ongoing issues with the upcoming STS-133 mission, the final flight of the, including technical problems with Discovery's .
- "NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury" — Wikinews, January 18, 2011
- "Astronaut Steve Bowen Named To STS-133 Space Shuttle Crew; Media Teleconference scheduled for 3:30 p.m. CST" — , January 19, 2011
- "NASA pulls injured shuttle astronaut off flight" — , January 19, 2011
- Alan Boyle. "NASA replaces injured astronaut on shuttle crew" — , January 19, 2011