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Friday, September 08, 2006

Female Space Walker Is Ready

Atlantis astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper [video] is the only woman on the six member crew on the space shuttle set for launch at 11:40 AM today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On orbit at the International Space Station later this week, if all goes as planned, the 43-year old will install a new solar array power panel during two space walks. The new solar array will provide increased luminosity of the orbital outpost to Earth-sky watchers.

"I am getting very excited as we’re getting closer especially because of the fact that we’ve waited for so long for this flight, Stefanyshyn-Piper recently said. "I cannot wait for launch day." Hopefully, her wait ends today for this rookie astronaut selected by NASA in 1996. An engineer, Heidemarie is a Ukrainian-American, a MIT grad and a US Navy Commander whose appetite for food will not be diminished by her 13-day construction work onboard the shuttle and space station.

3 comments:

LaLunaBlanca said...

Blue Skies!

David Peterson said...

She lost the tool bag in space!
No, she's not blonde.

princess leia said...

Wow, now that's what you call an American Idol! 100 pts. Sure is smarter, sexier and braver than any Miss World or Miss Universe.