NASA Assigns Crew for Final Shuttle Mission

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NASA said Sept. 18 it had picked veteran space shuttle commander and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Steven Lindsey to command the last scheduled shuttle mission, targeted to launch in September 2010.

The eight-day mission, designated STS-133, will carry a pressurized logistics module to the international space station.

Lindsey has flown the space shuttle four times, twice as pilot and twice as commander. His crew includes Air Force Col. Eric Boe, who will be making his second shuttle flight as pilot, and mission specialists Air Force Col. Benjamin Drew, Army Col. Timothy Kopra, Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott.

Lindsey is currently chief of the Astronaut Office at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He will be succeeded by former space station commander Peggy Whitson when he transitions in October to training for his spaceflight, according to a NASA press release.