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STS-132 Crew Visits Michoud
06.21.10
 
The crew of STS-132 flanks Mark Bryant, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s ET Program.

The crew of STS-132 flanks Mark Bryant, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s ET Program. Bryant was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his work at the Michoud Assembly Facility. Image credit: Jacobs Technology
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Six astronauts of the STS-132 crew visited NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility Jun. 17 and thanked workers for an outstanding external tank.

"When we landed at Kennedy … and got out of the orbiter, walked around and looked up at the belly that was by far the cleanest orbiter I’ve ever seen," said STS-132 mission commander Ken Ham.

Ham said the mission’s success can be attributed to the entire team of NASA civil servants and contractors who played a part in building ET-136.

Space Shuttle Atlantis took off May 14, powered by ET-136, and landed at Kennedy Space Center May 26 after a successful 12-day mission, which included three spacewalks.

The crew played their mission video for Michoud workers, which thundered music to video of the astronauts delivering the Russian Mini Research Module-1, a radiator, airlock, a European robotic arm and extra hardware.

After almost 25 years and more than 115 million miles, the space shuttle Atlantis’ mission to the International Space Station in May was its final trip.