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Astronaut Steve Robinson Talks About Building the International Space Station

Date: 
05/24/2010
June 5 Explorer Lecture looks at Robinson's fourth mission to space 

 

SEATTLE, May 24, 2010--On June 5, astronaut Dr. Steve Robinson delivers a multimedia presentation about his February 2010 shuttle Endeavor mission--STS-130--to the International Space Station, "Heavy Construction Made Weightless - Building the ISS."  STS-130 was Robinson's fourth trip into space, where he served as the Flight Engineer and spacewalk operations officer for the flight. The program is part of the Explorer Lecture series at the Museum. The presentation is in the William M. Allen Theater at 2 p.m. and is free with Museum admission. 
 
A veteran of three spacewalks himself, Robinson directed the spacewalks on STS-130 from inside the shuttle. He was also the chief mechanic for outfitting the new Tranquility node on the space station. Tranquility is now the life-support hub of the ISS. The large, seven-windowed Cupola viewing-station was also installed on the ISS during this mission.  
 
 
Dr. Steve Robinson
Dr. Robinson was selected as an astronaut in December 1994. Since then, he has held various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center, including: testing space shuttle control software, developing on-board computer and flight crew equipment, helping to develop the Space Station robot arm, and leading an astronaut team to specify window requirements for the new Orion crew capsule.  He has also served as Spacecraft Communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control for 13 shuttle missions, functioning as the voice link between space shuttle crews and Mission Control. 
 
In addition to flying on four space shuttle missions, he has also served as a back-up crewmember for the fourth crew of the International Space Station.
 
Robinson Spaceflight Experience
Shuttle Mission STS-85 Discovery (August 7 to 19, 1997): Robinson's responsibilities included flying both the shuttle robot arm and the experimental Japanese robot arm.
 
Shuttle Mission STS-95 Discovery (October 29 to November 7, 1998): Robinson was payload commander and led investigations on space flight and the aging process with crew member John Glenn.
 
Shuttle Mission STS-114 Discovery (July 26 to August 9, 2005): The first shuttle flight after the loss of shuttle Columbia. Robinson served as Flight Engineer and also performed three spacewalks.
 
Shuttle Mission STS-130 Endeavour (February 8-21, 2010): Robinson served as flight engineer and as EVA operations officer to direct the three spacewalks.
 
Photo: Astronaut Stephen Robinson rides Canadarm 2 during the STS-114 mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery to the ISS in August 2005. NASA photo.
 
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