Katherine K. Martin
Media Relations Office

February 26, 2009
Astronauts to Visit NASA Glenn
CLEVELAND--Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Eric Boe and astronauts Donald Pettit and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper will visit NASA's Glenn Research Center on Wednesday, March 4.

As members of the most recent shuttle mission, designated STS-126, these astronauts returned home to Earth on November 30 after a 16-day journey to the International Space Station. Major accomplishments during the mission included expansion of the station to support six crew members, up from three who are currently living there.

At 1:30 p.m. the astronauts will conduct a briefing for all employees in Glenn's Administration Building Auditorium. As part of the briefing, a video will feature highlights of the mission, including installation of the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module.

Also during this mission, four spacewalks were conducted during which the solar alpha rotary joint was repaired, ensuring that the space station could generate the power needed by the extra crew members.

Other STS-126 crew members who are unable to come along for the visit are astronaut Sandra Magnus and mission specialists Steve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough.

Immediately following the briefing, an informal reception with the astronauts will take place, during which media interviews with some of the crew members will be facilitated.

For information about STS-126, visit:


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