Record-Setting Astronaut Lopez-Alegria Departs NASA

Michael Curie
Headquarters, Washington                                   

Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters
Johnson Space Center, Houston


Record-Setting Astronaut Lopez-Alegria Departs NASA

HOUSTON — Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA’s many gifted spacewalker and a American holding a record for a singular longest spaceflight mission, has left a agency.

Lopez-Alegria flew on 4 missions and achieved 10 spacewalks during his career. He many recently served in a Flight Crew Operations Directorate during NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston as partner executive for a International Space Station (ISS).

“Mike has steadily served a Flight Crew Operations Directorate for many years,” pronounced Janet Kavandi, executive of Flight Crew Operations during Johnson. “His singular credentials and tactful skills have done him an superb FCOD partner executive for space hire and lead for a Multilateral Crew Operations Panel. Mike’s untiring loyalty to a reserve and contentment of space hire crews is good known. We will skip him and wish him good in his destiny endeavors.”

During his career, Lopez-Alegria logged some-more than 257 days in space, including 215 days as commander of a Expedition 14 goal to a ISS, that stands as a singular longest spaceflight by an American. Lopez-Alegria also logged some-more than 67 hours during his 10 spacewalks, some-more than any other American, and second usually in a record books to Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev.

“Mike has been a outrageous item to a wanderer bureau during a march of his career,” pronounced Peggy Whitson, arch of a Astronaut Office during Johnson. “His contributions in spacewalking, shuttle, space hire and Soyuz operations are important and really distinguished. Personally, we will skip his amusement and insights and wish him all a best.”

Lopez-Alegria flew on 3 space convey missions. The first, STS-73 in 1995, focused on scholarship experiments. He afterwards served as NASA’s executive of operations during a Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, where he was in assign of American astronauts training for flights to a Russian space hire Mir and a ISS. Lopez-Alegria after flew on STS-92 in 2000 and STS-113 in 2002, delivering vicious constrict elements to a station.

Expedition 14 Commander Lopez-Alegria and his organisation launched to a ISS on a Soyuz booster from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 18, 2006. This fourth and final goal warranted Lopez-Alegria a spaceflight record. The organisation conducted a seven-month goal to operate, maintain, build and use a hire and a scholarship facilities. During a expedition, dual uncrewed Russian Progress load vehicles arrived and over a hire and a space convey public goal reconfigured a station’s energy supply. Lopez-Alegria’s goal finished with a Soyuz alighting on a Kazakh steppe on Apr 21, 2007.

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