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STS-135 Crew Visits Michoud
08.16.11
 
From right to left, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim address Michoud workers in the factory Aug. 10.

From right to left, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim address Michoud workers in the factory Aug. 10. (Jacobs)
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The STS-135 crew visited NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility Aug. 10 to thank employees for their work in getting them into space. The crew also showed a video, which reflected on the 30-year Space Shuttle Program and described their mission.

Crew Commander Chris Ferguson told workers the external tank (ET) used for the mission was one of the best he has seen. Ferguson lauded employees for their work in building ET-138 and noted "ET-138 was a very clean tank."

On July 8, Commander Ferguson, along with pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, launched into space on board Space Shuttle Atlantis on a mission to deliver tons of supplies, including food and tools, to the International Space Station.

Doug Hurley, a Tulane graduate, said he was happy to be back in the Crescent City and glad to see so many Michoud workers come out and see the mission video. Hurley said ET-138 was "next to perfect."

Walheim said Michoud employees should consider the achievements of the International Space Station their own. "You all built that space station," Walheim said. "You should be proud of it."

NASA contractors at Michoud continue to build the Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle, the next generation spacecraft.