STS-127 to include two Purdue graduates
Due to launch in 2009, STS-127 mission will deliver the final components of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibō laboratory to the station. Expedition 19 will double the size of the resident crew on the complex, expanding it to six people.
Mark L. Polansky BSAAE'78; MSAAE '78 will command the shuttle Endeavour for STS-127 and Mission specialists include David A. Wolf BSEE'78.
STS-127 will launch and install the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section. The facility will provide a type of "front porch" for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that will be attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and used to position experiments outside the station. The mission will include five spacewalks.
Polansky first flew as pilot of STS-98 in 2001 and then commanded STS-116 in 2006. A native of Indianapolis, Wolf will be making his fourth spaceflight. He first flew on STS-58 in 1993. He next flew a 128-day mission to the Russian space station Mir, launching aboard STS-86 in September 1997 and landing on STS-89 in January 1998. His third flight was on STS-112 in 2002. In addition to his bachelor's from Purdue University, Wolf also has a doctorate of medicine from Indiana University.