Wednesday, October 24, 2007

AAI Denali climber now heading into space

Discovery STS-120 launches into space.

Dr. Scott Parazynski, who was a member of a 2006 American Alpine Institute Denali Expedition, is now serving as a mission specialist aboard the Discovery Shuttle (STS-120), currently in space and bound for the International Space Station. STS-120 is the 23rd shuttle mission to the International Space Station, and will launch an Italian-built U.S. multi-port module for the station.

Scott Parazynski during a training.

Scott is the crew’s chief spacewalker and outdoor repairman. A doctor as well as an instrument-rated pilot, Scott practiced for this mission by patching deliberately damaged shuttle tiles in a first-ever space demo of a high-tech caulking gun and goo. This will be his fifth spaceflight.

Discovery STS-120 crew, with Scott on the far left.

The mission is led by retired Air Force Col. Pamela Melroy, the second woman to command a shuttle flight. For more about her and the other astronauts, check out the MSNBC article:

Another shot of the shuttle lifting from Earth.

Here is a link to NASA's page covering the Discovery STS-120 mission:

Dr. Scott Parazynski.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great to see Scott take off safely. Will be thinking of him and the rest of the crew during their trip.