NASA Announces Change for Return of Station Crew Members
Thirsk will launch to the station on a Soyuz in May and return to Earth on that same vehicle in November, instead of aboard space shuttle Atlantis at the end of the STS-129 mission. Stott, who will launch to the station on shuttle Discovery’s STS-128 mission, will return aboard Atlantis with the STS-129 crew. She had been slated to come home aboard the Soyuz that Thirsk now will occupy.
The change is in case of delays to future shuttle missions, specifically STS-129, which currently is scheduled to launch in
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