Shuttle Crew Among the Most Diverse

December 10, 2006 in Astronomy & Space / Space Exploration
Shuttle Crew Among the Most Diverse (AP)
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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