Crew during descent: STS-116 Crew



In addition to ESA astronauts Christer Fuglesang and Thomas Reiter, the STS-116 crew will be composed of the following NASA astronauts:

Mark Polansky is the commander of the STS-116 mission. This is his second spaceflight mission having served on the STS-98 mission in 2001, which brought the US Destiny laboratory to the ISS.

Mark Polansky (Kommandant), Robert Curbeam (Mission Specialist), William Oefelein (Pilot). Credit: NASA.

William Oefelein is the pilot on the STS-116 mission. He will be responsible for systems operations and assisting in the rendezvous for docking to the Station.

Robert Curbeam is a Mission Specialist for the STS-116 mission. This is his third spaceflight mission having served on the STS-85 mission in 1997 and the STS-98 mission in 2001. During the STS-116 mission he is scheduled to carry out EVAs with ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang.

Joan Higginbotham (Mission Specialist), Nicholas Patrick (Mission Specialist). Credit: NASA.   

Joan Higginbotham is a Mission Specialist for the STS-116 mission. Her primary task will be to operate the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).

Nicholas Patrick is also assigned as a Mission Specialist for the STS-116 mission.


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