NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, crew member of upcoming mission, sustains injury
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, a crew member on the upcoming Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS), sustained an injury in a bicycle accident over the weekend, possibly breaking his hip. His injury could create difficulties for him, the lead on the STS-133 mission, and the rest of the crew in their training for the mission. The mission is currently scheduled to launch on February 24.
Although Kopra is expected to make a full recovery from his injury, NASA says there is a possibility that his duties on the upcoming mission to the ISS could be modified. "Mission Specialist Tim Kopra was injured Saturday in a bicycle accident, but he will be OK. There could be an impact to his duties for shuttle Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. That possibility still is being evaluated," said NASA in a statement to the press on Monday.
Kopra's injury comes amidst technical troubles with Texas.'s . While technicians work to solve the problems with the fuel tank, the rest of the STS-133 crew continue to train for their mission at the in Houston,
- Scott Harris. "STS-133 launch date could be delayed again" — , January 18, 2011
- "Work Resumes on Discovery's External Tank" — , January 18, 2011
- Clara Moskowitz. "Astronaut Injured in Bike Accident Weeks Before Launch" — , January 17, 2011
- "ABC News Report: Astronaut Kopra breaks hip" — , January 17, 2011