Naoko-chan in space!

April 5th, 2010 by Author

Seen at Spaceflight Now:

Joining Poindexter and Dutton aboard Discovery were flight engineer Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and spacewalkers Richard Mastracchio and Clayton Anderson, veteran of a long-duration stay aboard the station in 2007.

Mrs. Yamazaki has got a chance to fly before the Shuttle program winded down. Honestly, I was concerned that she would remain a notional austronaut without the wings.

UPDATE: Wheels Stopped is called on April 20, Naoko-chan is safely back on the surface.