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STS-128 Astronaut Visits MAF
10.13.09
 
Pat Forrester addresses workers at MAF.

Pat Forrester addresses workers at MAF and said the mission could not have been possible without them and the external tank. Forrester and his fellow astronauts took space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station. Photo credit: Jacobs Technology. Image credit: Jacobs Technology
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Astronaut Pat Forrester stopped by Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) Oct. 8th to visit with MAF employees and talk about his mission to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of STS-128.

Commander Rick Sturckow led the STS-128 mission to the ISS aboard space shuttle Discovery with Kevin Ford serving as pilot. Also serving aboard Discovery with Forrester were mission specialists José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Christer Fuglesang, Nicole Stott and Timothy Kopra.

Forrester told a crowd of about 300 workers that Stott remained on the station as an Expedition 20 flight engineer replacing Timothy Kopra. Kopra returned home aboard Discovery as a mission specialist.

Forrester played a mission video for the crowd that showed Discovery delivering the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module containing life support racks and science racks. It was Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.

For more information on the Michoud Assembly Facility, go to http://maf.msfc.nasa.gov.