STS-129 -- Mission to the International Space Station
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-129 is home from space!
Six astronauts, Charlie Hobaugh, Barry Wilmore, Leland Melvin, Mike Foreman, Robert Satcher and Randy Bresnik, flew on space shuttle Atlantis for this mission. Atlantis took extra parts to the space station. STS-129 was the last time the space shuttle would bring a space station crew member back to Earth.
Astronaut Charlie Hobaugh was the STS-129 commander. He had flown on the space shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour. This was his second time to fly on Atlantis.
The STS-129 flight was astronaut Barry Wilmore's first trip into space. During training, he went to the Food Lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center to taste-test the food he would eat in orbit. Experts in nutrition check the menus to make sure astronauts stay healthy while in space.
Astronaut Leland Melvin was an STS-129 mission specialist. Melvin practiced for part of his flight in a Full Fuselage Trainer at NASA's Johnson Space Center. The trainer is a full-size model of the space shuttle orbiter -- without the wings.
Astronaut Robert Satcher was an STS-129 mission specialist. This trip was his first time to go into space. He spent some of his training time learning water survival. Satcher is a medical doctor. On Earth, he treated people with cancer.
Astronaut Mike Foreman was an STS-129 mission specialist. He trained for spacewalks in the waters of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Foreman had wanted to be an astronaut since he was 8 years old.
Mission Specialist Randy Bresnik made his first trip into space on STS-129. Before going into space, he had to practice for spacewalking. Bresnik is a U.S. Marine.
The STS-129 Patch
Each crew designs a patch that highlights its mission. On the STS-129 mission patch, the sun shines brightly on the International Space Station above, the space shuttle, and the United States below.
The patch has two shapes, a diamond and a circle. They stand for the two Express Logistics Carriers that rode on the mission. The patch's upper, diamond-shaped part shows the moon and Mars. The crew members' names surround the lower part.
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