Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Soldiers Blaze Path to the Heavens

Magazine article Soldiers Magazine

Soldiers Blaze Path to the Heavens

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FOURTEEN Soldiers have followed Brig. Gen. Richard Stewart into space, where they have built an impressive legacy. Army astronauts have deployed satellites, conducted spacewalks and built space structures. They have performed classified military missions and docked with the Russian Mir and International Space Stations.

Presently, there are seven Soldier astronauts. Retired Col. Jeffrey Williams flew missions to the International Space Station in 2000 and 2006, and conducted three spacewalks. He is currently on board the ISS, and at press time was scheduled to become its commander when European astronaut Frank De Winne departs this month.

Colonel Douglas Wheelock helped deliver the Unity module to the ISS and made three spacewalks in 2007. He is scheduled to fly to the ISS in the spring of 2010, and will serve as its commander.

Lieutenant Col. Shane Kimbrough expanded the living quarters of the ISS and made two spacewalks on the station in 2008. Col. Timothy Kopra served on the ISS for more than 50 days this year. At press time, Col. Timothy Creamer's launch aboard a Soyuz space capsule was scheduled for Dec. 17. He is scheduled to return in May 2010.

Retired Col. Patrick Forrester visited the ISS three times, the last time returning Sept. 11. He made two space walks during his second mission.

Lieutentant Col. Mark T. Vande Hei is currently in Astronaut Candidate Training.

One boots-in-space Soldier, retired Col. …

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