Shuttle Crew Among the Most DiverseDecember 10th, 2006 in Astronomy & Space / Space Exploration
The crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery leave the Operation and Check out building at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Saturday Dec. 9, 2006. Front row: Mission Specialist Joan Higginbotham, Commander Mark Polansky. Second row: British born Mission Specialist Nicholas Patrick,Pilot William Oefelein. Third row: Mission Specialist Sunita Williams, European Space Agency astronaut, Mission Specialist Christer Fuglesang of Sweden . Last row: Mission Specialist Robert Curbeam. STS-116 twelve day mission with service the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
(AP) -- Discovery's seven astronauts are among the most culturally diverse of any space shuttle crew. There are two black astronauts, an astronaut of Indian descent, the first Swede in space, a British-born mission specialist, an Alaskan and a New Jersey boy.
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