Virginia Astronaut to Fly on Next Space Shuttle Mission

NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester, whose hometown is Springfield, Va., will make his third journey into orbit on space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station.

Discovery is targeted to launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT, Aug. 25, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. To cover the launch on-site, U.S. reporters must request Kennedy credentials online at:

Forrester is one of seven astronauts who will fly on Discovery's STS-128 mission. The 13-day flight will deliver science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and a treadmill named after comedian Stephen Colbert. The name Colbert received the most entries in NASA's online poll to name the station's Node 3. NASA named the node Tranquility.

Forrester graduated from West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences and engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., in 1979, and a Master of Science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in Richmond in 1989.

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