Pittsburgh-Area Astronauts

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Pittsburgh-Area Astronauts

James B. Irwin *** Judith A. Resnik *** Jay Apt *** Stephen N. Frick *** Mike Fincke

NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher *** NASA Flight Director Heather Rarick

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James B. Irwin

(1930 to 1991)

Eighth Man (of twelve) to Walk on the Moon !

Autograph of James Irwin:
Link 1 *** Link 2 *** Link 3

Quotations of James Irwin:
Link 1 *** Link 2

Photograph of James Irwin's Apollo 15 Pressure Suit
Official Photograph: James Irwin Wearing Suit: *** Display in Smithsonian

Photograph of James Irwin saluting the American Flag on the lunar surface.

James Irwin Presents Lunar Photograph to Salvation Army

Return to main James Irwin biography.


Judith A. Resnik

(1949 to 1986)

Space Shuttle Astronaut

Newspaper Bibliography

"Challenger explodes, all 7 aboard killed." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1986 Jan. 29: 1.

"Crew's last transmission to Earth." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 1986 Jan. 29.

Fraser, Jeffery. "CMU remembers Judith Resnik." The Pittsburgh Press 1986 Jan 29.

"Data indicated no flight problem, NASA 'voice' says." The Pittsburgh Press 1986 Jan. 29: A5.

"She chose shuttle over CMU post." The Pittsburgh Press 1986 Jan 28.

"Challenger disaster leaves area residents stunned, shocked." The Pittsburgh Press 1986 Jan 28.

Return to main Judith Resnik biography.


Jay Apt

Space Shuttle Astronaut

Autograph of Jay Apt

News Articles and Other References:

* Majors, Dan. "Obituary: Jerome "Jerry" Apt Jr. / Mechanical engineer who held seven patents." Obituary.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2010 June 21.
* Vondas, Jerry. "Inventive engineer Jerry Apt inspired son to become astronaut." Obituary.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2010 June 21.
Father of former NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Jay Apt who studied at Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

From Carnegie Magazine, Pittsburgh - 1997 July, August:
Astronaut Jay Apt: Director of Carnegie Museum of Natural History
By R. Jay Gangewere

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 1991 September 29:
Astronaut first saw stars at Buhl

Return to main Jay Apt biography.


Stephen N. Frick

News Articles and Other References:

Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS 122,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --

Click Here for Updates on the Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122 Expedition (121st Space Shuttle mission) to International Space Station

* Zapadka, Pete. "Look to the evening skies to spot Atlantis,
the space station and a Western Pennsylvania native."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 13.

* "U.S. astronauts with Western Pennsylvania connections."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 13.

* "Hometown Astronaut Thinks Of Pittsburgh From Space."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 12.

* Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched 2008 Feb. 7, 2:45:31 p.m. EST,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --
** Zapadka, Pete. "Space shuttle commanded by Richland grad lifts off."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Feb. 7.
** "NASA was anxious to get Atlantis flying."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 8.

* Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched 2008 Feb. 7, 2:45:31 p.m. EST,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --
** Zapadka, Pete. "Space shuttle commanded by Richland grad lifts off."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Feb. 7.
** "Shuttle Atlantis blasts off after lengthy delay."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Gibsonia Native Pilots Space Shuttle Atlantis."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 7.

* Cronin, Mike. "Space on the roster for area pioneers."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2007 Dec. 8.

* "Astronaut from Richland to command shuttle flight."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2007 Nov. 20.
Pittsburgh-area astronaut, Stephen Frick, has Dec. 6 launch date.

* Lyman,Brian. "High-flying graduate visits district."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 May 29.

* Fuoco, Michael A. "For years, the Zeiss put stars on ceiling and minds in space."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 April 4.

"For 52 years, Buhl Planetarium's Zeiss II star projector was the other-worldly contraption that sometimes magically turned field trips into life-altering careers.
"One of its childhood fans -- Jay Apt -- has himself traveled into space as an astronaut, and another, Stephen Frick, is scheduled to make his first space voyage today. Another Zeiss fan, Thomas Bopp, discovered a comet that was co-named for him -- Hale-Bopp."

* Spice, Byron. "Pittsburgh native to make his first spaceflight aboard shuttle."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2002 April 1.

* "Meet The Astronauts Aboard Atlantis" Mission STS-110
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2002.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS 122,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --

NASA Updates - Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122 Expedition (121st Space Shuttle mission) to International Space Station

CBS News Updates - Space Shuttle Atlantis Mission STS-122: Mission Archive

The Challenger Disaster Viewed at Pittsburgh’s Buhl Planetarium (1986 January)
News Articles: STS-118 - Teacher-in-Space Mission Completed (2007 August)

* "Atlantis Delivers Columbus."
NASA 2008 Feb. 29.

* Watson, Traci. "China seeks data from downing of U.S. satellite."
USA Today 2008 Feb. 22.

* Kaufman, Marc and Josh White. "Satellite shoot-down boosts military might."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/The Washington Post 2008 Feb. 22.

* Jelnek, Pauline. "Pentagon tracking spy satellite debris."
Yahoo! News/AP 2008 Feb. 21.

* Henry, Reg. Column: "Bull's-eye over the Pacific."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 21.

* "Navy missile hits dying spy satellite on first attempt."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 21.

* Burns, Robert. "Missile Hits Dying US Spy Satellite."
The Washington Post/AP 2008 Feb. 21.

* Dunn, Marcia. "NASA savors Atlantis' return from 13-day mission."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 21.

* Billow, Dan. "Atlantis Lands Safely In Florida."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 20.

* Dunn, Marcia. "NASA Savors Return of Atlantis."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 20.

* "Space Shuttle Atlantis Lands Safely."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 20.

* Zapadka, Pete. "Space shuttle, astronaut Frick, land safely in Fla."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Feb. 20.

* Dunn, Marcia. "Space shuttle Atlantis returns to Earth."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 20.

* "Space Shuttle Aims For Wednesday Landing."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 19.

* "Atlantis Crew Finds Space Station Damage."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 19
STS-122 scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral at 9:07 on Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2008.

* "Space shuttle Atlantis, crew leave space station."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 19.

* "Space Shuttle Atlantis Undocks, Bound For Earth."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 18.

* Peterson, Liz Austin. "Space shuttle Atlantis undocks, begins trip back to Earth."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/AP 2008 Feb. 18.

* Zapadka, Pete. "Look to the evening skies to spot Atlantis,
the space station and a Western Pennsylvania native."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 13.

* "U.S. astronauts with Western Pennsylvania connections."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 13.

* "Hometown Astronaut Thinks Of Pittsburgh From Space."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 12.

* "Astronauts Set To Fire Up New Lab."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 12.

* "Astronauts Attach $2B Lab To Space Station."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 11.

* "Shuttle crew delays lab installation because of astronaut's illness."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 10.

* "Astronauts To Inspect Damaged Thermal Blanket."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 10.

* "Shuttle Atlantis docks with space station."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 9.

* "Astronaut's Health Delays Space Lab Install."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 9.

* "Atlantis Astronaut's Illness Delays Spacewalk."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 9.

* Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched 2008 Feb. 7, 2:45:31 p.m. EST,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --
** Zapadka, Pete. "Space shuttle commanded by Richland grad lifts off."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Feb. 7.
** "NASA was anxious to get Atlantis flying."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2008 Feb. 8.

* "Astronauts Inspect Atlantis For Damage."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 8.

* Space Shuttle Atlantis Launched 2008 Feb. 7, 2:45:31 p.m. EST,
commanded by Pittsburgh-area native Stephen N. Frick, who was inspired by
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science --
** Zapadka, Pete. "Space shuttle commanded by Richland grad lifts off."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2008 Feb. 7.
** "Shuttle Atlantis blasts off after lengthy delay."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Atlantis Lifts Off After 2-Month Delay."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Blog Archive: Atlantis Launch."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh/WESH-TV 2 Daytona Beach/Orlando 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Gibsonia Native Pilots Space Shuttle Atlantis."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Bad weather threatens shuttle launch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Feb. 7.

* "Pittsburgh Man Leads Space Mission."
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 6.

* Bowman, Michael. "NASA: Bad Weather Could Delay Shuttle Launch."
Voice of America 2008 Feb. 5.

* Klotz, Irene. "NASA optimistic about Thursday shuttle liftoff."
MSNBC/Reuters 2008 Feb. 5.

* "NASA Crew Arrives For Thursday Liftoff."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2008 Feb. 4.

* "Space Shuttle Astronauts Arrive At KSC."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 4.

* "Pittsburgh Native Headed For Space, Finally."
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2008 Feb. 4.

* Dunn, Marcia. "Columbia shuttle disaster marked, NASA honors 7 on 5th anniversary."
Boston Globe/AP 2008 Feb. 2.

* "ISS changes orbit for spacecraft docking.'
Earthtimes.org 2008 Jan. 12.

* Dunn, Marcia. NASA aims for February shuttle launch
The Boston Globe/AP 2008 Jan. 11.

* "More delays for shuttle Atlantis."
CNN/AP 2008 Jan. 4.

Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122 Expedition (121st Space Shuttle mission) to International Space Station
Launch delayed until January 2, at earliest

* 2007 Dec. 21 - CNN/AP:
Astronaut mourns his mom from orbit

* 2007 Dec. 21 - Chicago Tribune On-Line:
Tape of astronaut to be shown at Lombard memorial service for his mom
By Gerry Smith

* 2007 Dec. 19 - CNN/AP:
Shuttle problem linked to bad connector

* 2007 Dec. 12 - CNN/AP:
NASA to fill shuttle fuel tank

* Cronin, Mike. "Atlantis won't fly before Jan. 2."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2007 Dec. 10.

* 2007 Dec. 9 - Voice of America (America's shortwave radio station):
Space Shuttle Launch Delayed Until January 2

* "NASA Delays Shuttle Launch Until January."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2007 Dec. 9.

* Cronin, Mike. "Space on the roster for area pioneers."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2007 Dec. 8.

* "Ex-NFL Player's Shuttle Flight Delayed."
WTAE-TV 4 Pittsburgh 2007 Dec. 7.

* "Shuttle Has 1-Minute Launch Window Sunday."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2007 Dec. 6.

* "Astronauts Arrive For Thursday Launch."
KDKA-TV 2 Pittsburgh/CBS-TV 2007 Dec. 3.

* "Astronaut from Richland to command shuttle flight."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2007 Nov. 20.
Pittsburgh-area astronaut, Stephen Frick, has Dec. 6 launch date.

* "Meet The Astronauts Aboard Atlantis" Mission STS-110
WPXI-TV 11 Pittsburgh 2002.


Mike Fincke

International Space Station Astronaut

News Articles and Other References:

Return to main Mike Fincke biography.

Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission STS-126 to the
International Space Station Commanded by
Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) Native Chris Ferguson

2008 November

O'Shea. Ryan. "NASA astronaut comes home, talks Pittsburgh roots." Text and Video News Story. WTAE-TV 4. Pittsburgh 2016 July 16.
Includes brief, partial views of the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector from Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, as displayed at the entrance to the Science Stage Theater of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

Poupore, Phillip. "Emsworth astronaut stresses importance of STEM learning."
Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh 2016 July 14.

Weaver, Rachel. "Space still stuff of dreams, says Emsworth-born astronaut."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 Oct. 15.

"Endeavour lands; Emsworth native sets U.S. space flight record."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/AP 2011 June 1.
Endeavour, the second space shuttle to be retired, will head to the California Science Center
in Los Angeles after months of decommissioning.
Built to replace the destroyed Challenger, Endeavour first soared in 1992 on a satellite-rescue mission
that saw a record-setting three spacewalkers grab the wayward craft. Other highlights for the baby of the
shuttle fleet: the first repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993, to fix its blurred vision,
and NASA's first flight to assemble the space station in 1998.

Pearlman, Robert Z. "Loose Bolts on Space Station Give Spacewalkers Trouble in Orbit."
Space.com 2011 May 22.
Mike Fincke was one of the two space walkers on this task.

Pearlman, Robert Z. "Pope Benedict XVI Makes 1st Heavenly Call to Astronauts in Space."
Space.com 2011 May 21.

Rao, Joe. "Shuttle Endeavour and Space Station Visible in Southern Night Sky."
Space.com 2011 May 17.

Moskowitz, Clara. "N.J. Woman's Spectacular Shuttle Launch Photos From Airplane Wow Web."
Space.com 2011 May 17.

Chow, Denise. "Shuttle Endeavour Closing in On Space Station for Final Visit."
Space.com 2011 May 17.

"Student Balloon Photographs Shuttle Endeavour's Launch Into Orbit."
Space.com 2011 May 16.

"NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Heads To Space Station On Its Final Mission." News Release.
NASA 2011 May 16.

Dunn, Marcia. "Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space shuttle trip."
The Statesman On-Line, Austin 2011 May 16.

Borenstein, Seth. "Endeavour ready to go; Giffords arrives to watch."
The Daily Star On-Line, Oneonta NY 2011 May 15.

Moskowitz, Clara. "Live Long and Prosper? Endeavour Shuttle Crew Recreates 'Star Trek' Film Poster."
Space.com 2011 May 14.

Moskowitz, Clara. "NASA Clears Endeavour for Next-to-Last Shuttle Flight."
Space.com 2011 May 14.

"NASA: No Shuttle Launch for Endeavour Until May 16, Earliest"
Space.com 2011 May 6.

Marder, Jenny. "What's Behind Space Shuttle Endeavour's Electrical Glitch?"
PBS NewsHour On-Line 2011 May 2.

Dunn, Marcia. "NASA says no new launch attempt before next Sunday."
The Sacramento Bee On-Line/AP 2011 May 1.

"Wounded lawmaker leaves Florida after shuttle delay."
Google.com/AFP 2011 May 1.

"SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR LAUNCH NO EARLIER THAN MAY 8." News Release.
NASA 2011 May 1.

Majors, Dan. "NASA evaluates shuttle."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 May 1.

Borenstein, Seth and Marcia Dunn. "Shuttle flight is delayed; Obama visits Giffords."
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside CA/AP 2011 April 29.

"NASA Resets Shuttle Endeavour's Launch for No Earlier Than May 2." News Release.
NASA 2011 April 29.

"Carnegie Science Center to broadcast shuttle launch."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 29.

Other space-oriented activities at the center include the Buhl Digital Planetarium & Observatory, the Omnimax film "Hubble," and the Zeiss exhibit, a star projector originally used at the Buhl Planetarium from 1939 to 1991...
Mr. Fincke has promised to wear a Carnegie Science Center T-shirt while aboard Endeavour to show his support for Buhl Planetarium, which ignited his love for space.

Malerbo, Dan. "Let's Talk About: Astronaut Mike Fincke and Endeavour." Column: Let's Talk About (Science for Children).
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2011 April 21.
"Local astronaut Mike Fincke, recent commander of the International Space Stations' Expedition 18, is scheduled to blast off again to the station aboard the shuttle Endeavour on April 29...
"Endeavour, the fifth and last orbiter to be built for NASA, was a replacement for Challenger. Its first launch, the STS-49 mission, was on May 7, 1992...Following lengthy modifications after the Columbia disaster in 2003, it returned to flight in 2007 with astronaut Barbara Morgan as part of the crew."
Column author Dan Malerbo is Educational Coordinator for the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center. He also served as a Planetarium Lecturer at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center).

Dunn, Marcia. "NASA: April 29 for next-to-last shuttle launch."
Tampa Bay Online 2011 April 19.
"NASA Sets Launch Date For Space Shuttle Endeavour Mission." News Release.
NASA 2011 April 19.
The crew consists of Commander Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson, NASA Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Andrew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff and European Space Agency Mission Specialist Roberto Vittori.

"Emsworth native's space shuttle mission pushed to April 29.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 April 5.
"NASA Retargets Space Shuttle Endeavour's Launch For April 29." News Release.
NASA 2011 April 4.

Weaver, Rachel. "Emsworth astronaut believes crew ready for emotional flight."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2011 March 6.

Dunn, Marcia. "Study: Astronauts as weak as 80-year-olds in space."
Yahoo News/AP 2010 Aug. 20.

"Fitts bases his findings on calf muscle biopsies that his team collected on nine U.S. and Russian space station residents from 2002 to 2005. It's the first muscle study of long-flying astronauts that gets down to the cellular level, with actual biopsies conducted.
"Each astronaut spent six months aboard the orbiting lab, and submitted to a biopsy before rocketing away and immediately upon returning to Earth."

Gigler, Dan. "Come early ..." Blog: Blog 'n' Gold.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2009 Nov. 13.
Astronaut Mike Fincke will present to Steelers’ President Art Rooney II a Terrible Towel that he flew in space during the team’s Super Bowl XLIII run last season.

Malerbo, Dan. "Let's Talk About: Hometown hero Mike Fincke." Column: "Let's Talk About:."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2009 Nov. 12.
Column author Dan Malerbo is Educational Coordinator for the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium and Observatory at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center. He also served as a Planetarium Lecturer at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center).

"Astronaut Mike Fincke to speak at Carnegie Science Center." News Release.
Carnegie Science Center 2009 Nov. 3.

"Pittsburgh-area Native and NASA Astronaut Commander Inspects Latrobe
Specialty Steel's Production of Space-worthy Alloy."

Entrepreneur.com 2009 Aug. 8.
Astronaut and Col. Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science
for his career choice.

Baltimore, Chris. "Obama quizzes astronauts about life in space."
Yahoo/Reuters 2009 March 24.
U.S. President Barack Obama, along with several Washington-area school children,
quizzed several astronauts in orbit aboard the International Space Station, including
Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium for his interest in
becoming an astronaut.

Rogers, Rob. "Out Of This World." Blog: Rob Rogers' Cartoons.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On-Line 2009 Feb. 1.

Includes photograph of NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science for his career path, with a Pittsburgh Steelers' "Terrible Towel" inside the International Space Station.

"Shuttle and Station Astronauts Send Special Greetings to Military."
NASA 2008 Nov. 24.

Cronin, Mike. "Orbiting Emsworth native can see limitless possibilities."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 2008 Nov. 13.

Cronin, Mike. "Emsworth native at home on space station."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2008 Nov. 12.

"NASA TV to Air New Space Station Crew Message About Voting."
NASA 2008 Nov. 3.

"Two US astronauts to cast votes from space."
Yahoo/AFP 2008 Oct. 31.

Eckel, Mike. "Tourist: Entrepreneurs need access to space center."
Yahoo/AP 2008 Oct. 27.

"Space tourist returns from $30M orbital trip."
CNN 2008 Oct. 24.
"Expedition 17 Crew Returns From International Space Station."
NASA 2008 Oct. 23.
Walsh, Glenn. "Fw: New Crew Blasts Off for International Space Station." E-Mail List Message.
South Hills Backyard Astronomers 2008 Oct. 13.
Crew includes Richard Garriott, son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott
(first son of a former U.S. astronaut to fly into space), and NASA veteran
astronaut E. Michael Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium
for his interest in becoming an astronaut. Buhl Planetarium celebrated 69th anniversary
of dedication on 2008 Oct. 24.
More information and mission updates

Gutterman, Steve. "Sons of astronauts connect in space."
San Francisco Chronicle/AP 2008 Oct. 15.

"Russian spacecraft docks with orbital station."
Pakistan Times 2008 Oct. 15.

"Tourist arrives at space station."
BBC 2008 Oct. 14.

"Astronauts' sons greet each other in space."
New Scientist Magazine On-Line/Reuters 2008 Oct. 14.

Gutterman, Steve. "Russian spacecraft docks with orbital station."
Yahoo/AP 2008 Oct. 14.

Pearlman, Robert Z. "Astronaut's Son Reboots Dad's Work in Orbit."
Yahoo/Space.com 2008 Oct. 14.

Malik, Tariq. "New Crew, Space Tourist Arrive at Space Station."
Yahoo/Space.com 2008 Oct. 14.

"Russian capsule carrying US tourist docks with space station."
Yahoo/AFP 2008 Oct. 14.

Faulconbridge, Guy. "Sons of Russian, U.S. astronauts unite in orbit."
Yahoo/Reuters 2008 Oct. 14.

"Tourist reaches space station."
CNN 2008 Oct. 14.

Walsh, Glenn. "Fw: New Crew Blasts Off for International Space Station." E-Mail List Message.
South Hills Backyard Astronomers 2008 Oct. 13.
Crew includes Richard Garriott, son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott
(first son of a former U.S. astronaut to fly into space), and NASA veteran
astronaut E. Michael Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium
for his interest in becoming an astronaut.

"Capsule with Emsworth astronaut to dock Tuesday."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Oct. 13.

National news briefs - "Space tourist successful."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 13.
(Last of four news briefs on web page)

"Astronaut's son blasts off to space station."
New Scientist Magazine On-Line/Reuters 2008 Oct. 12.

"Emsworth native Finke aboard space launch."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line/AP 2008 Oct. 12.

"New Crew Blasts Off for International Space Station."
NASA 2008 Oct. 12.

Templeton, David. "Pittsburgh-area native returning to space tomorrow."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Oct. 11.

"Astronaut's son spending his fortune to fly."
CNN/AP 2008 July 31.
Richard Garriott will become the first child of an American astronaut to reach
outer space on Oct. 12. Sergei Volkov, son of former cosmonaut Alexander Volkov,
has been living on the International Space Station since April, Russia's
first second-generation space traveler; Richard Garriott and Sergei Volkov will
return to Earth together. Launching with Richard Garriott in a Russian Soyuz
spacecraft will be NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original
Buhl Planetarium for his interest in becoming an astronaut. Mike Fincke will be
staying on the International Space Station for his second tour-of-duty, for six months.

"U.S. astronauts with Western Pennsylvania connections."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Feb. 13.

Cronin, Mike. "Space on the roster for area pioneers."
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review On-Line 2007 Dec. 8.

* 2007 July 19 - New Interactive On-Line Guide to International Space Station --
With video introduction and narration by NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits
Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science for his
interest in becoming an astronaut. Mike Fincke served as a science officer and
flight engineer on the International Space Station during Expedition 9.

NASA News Release *** Science Daily/UPI News Story
ISS Web Site with On-Line Interactive Tour *** Biography of NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 May 12:
Bubbling with ideas By Allison M. Heinrichs
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke gives autograph to sixth-grade award winner.

Public Notice - 2005 May 9:
REMINDER: NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke on
Star Trek: Enterprise Series Finale on Friday 9:00 p.m.

International Space Station Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium for his interest in becoming an astronaut, will play an engineer on the scheduled final episode of the UPN Television series, Star Trek: Enterprise. In Pittsburgh, this final episode will air at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2005 and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2005 on WNPA-TV 19 in Pittsburgh. Note on both days, the second-to-last episode airs the previous hour [i.e. 8:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 p.m. Saturday]. Click here to read an article from StarTrek.com regarding this final episode, and Mike Fincke's walk-on part.
Photograph of NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 May 5:
Space station astronaut gives pupils the view from the top
By M. Ferguson Tinsley
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke visits Word of God Elementary School. Swissvale PA.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 May 5:
Astronaut Fincke brings space station tales home for the young
By Laura Pace
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke visits Neil Armstrong Middle School, Bethel Park PA.

From The Almanac of Pittsburgh's South Hills - 2005 May 4:
Astronaut talks of life in space By Lori Humphreys
NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke visits Neil Armstrong Middle School, Bethel Park PA.

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 April 27:
Awards for Excellence announced By Ron DaParma

Annual awards ceremony, sponsored by The Carnegie Science Center; conducted in The Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. Emsworth, Pennsylvania native and NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits his visits to the original Buhl Planetarium for his decision to become an astronaut, delivered the keynote address at the 2005 April 27 event.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 March 19:
TV Notes: Crawley's 'Cat Poems'
Last paragraph: Astronaut Mike Fincke on Star Trek

From StarTrek.com - 2005 March 10:
Production Report: Final Enterprise Episode Wraps

International Space Station Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium for his interest in becoming an astronaut, will play an engineer on the scheduled [for broadcast in May] final episode of the UPN Television series, Star Trek: Enterprise. In Pittsburgh, the program airs weekly at 8:00 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday on WNPA-TV 19 in Pittsburgh; at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday on WWCP-TV 8 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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Primary Public Hearing Before the
Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh - 2005 March 2
Regarding Proposed Historic Designation of Buhl Planetarium

Meeting Agenda

Friends of the Zeiss Attendance:

Jon Wilson Smith (Nominator), Glenn A. Walsh (Application Preparer), Cynthia Dietrich, and Harry Liller; all testified. Also, Katherine Roolf and Marguerite Atria, who could not attend the hearing, submitted letters of testimony.

Chris Siefert, Project Director of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh attended hearing, but did not testify.

Friends of the Zeiss Testimony --

Glenn A. Walsh: Statement Text *** Large-Print Version
Includes reference to brief statement by Mike Fincke.

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From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 February 23:
Man on a mission: Sewickley Academy graduate always wanted to go into space
By Jill Cueni-Cohen

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2005 February 21:
Back home, astronaut recalls 'great experience'
A positive attitude despite food shortages, balky equipment

By Byron Spice

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2005 February 14:
Astronaut returns home By Rick Wills

International Space Station Astronaut Mike Fincke credits original Buhl Planetarium for his decision to become an astronaut.

From StarTrek.com - 2004 December 3:
Science Roundup: Starfleet Award, Teleportation, Artificial Gravity, etc.
Space Station Crew Gets "Starfleet Award"

Emsworth, Pennsylvania native and NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke, who credits his visits to the original Buhl Planetarium for his decision to become an astronaut, receives "Star Fleet Award," along with Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who had served with Mr. Fincke on Expedition 9 on the International Space Station [ISS].

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - 2004 September 23:
Students find space station astronaut down-to-earth By Bill Zlatos
International Space Station Astronaut Mike Fincke, via television downlink, speaks to about 900 students at The Carnegie Science Center; 26 of these students, in The Carnegie Science Center's Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium, posed questions to the Emsworth, Pennsylvania native. Brother of Pittsburgh-area astronaut says that his brother has always been interested in Astronomy and visited the original Buhl Planetarium often during childhood.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2004 September 23:
Astronaut has a down-to-earth chat with students By Byron Spice

Pittsburgh-area astronaut, on International Space Station, tells students at Carnegie Science Center via television downlink that his childhood visits to original Buhl Planetarium inspired him to become an astronaut.

From the Beaver County Times/Allegheny Times, Beaver and Allegheny Counties, PA - 2004 September 23:
Students quiz space-station's astronauts By Bob Bauder

International Space Station [ISS] astronauts Mike Fincke [who credits his interest in space travel to visits to the original Buhl Planetarium] and [Russian Cosmonaut] Gennady Padalka quizzed by students in the Henry Buhl, Jr. Planetarium of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

From The Carnegie q qScience Center - 2004 September 22:
Carnegie Science Center Links with the
International Space Station via Satellite

From the MIT Alumni Association, Cambridge MA - Spring, 2004:
Rocket Man
For Mike Fincke ’89, a mission on the International Space Station is a dream come true.

By Elizabeth Durant

Return to main Mike Fincke biography.


James C. Fletcher

(1919 to 1991)

NASA Administrator: 1971 to 1977; 1986 to 1989

Citation Listed in University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering Hall of Fame
Displayed in Lobby of Benedum Hall Engineering Tower, University of Pittsburgh Campus

School of Engineering Hall of Fame

Over the years, engineers have contributed to society through outstanding leadership. In recognition of contributions that engineers have made, the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering is pleased to present the Engineering Hall of Fame. It stands as a source of inspiration and visual reminder, within the School of Engineering, of the various contributions that have been made by engineers associated with the School.

The biographies displayed represent career accomplishments at the time of induction.

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National Academy of Engineering

Founded in 1964, the National Academy of Engineering provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. Members are elected to National Academy of Engineering membership by their peers (current members) and election to membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions as university faculty, and as leaders in government and private engineering organizations.

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The following is the text of the citation, for James Fletcher, posted in the University Pittsburgh School of Engineering Hall of Fame, in the lobby of the Benedum Hall engineering tower on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Note that Dr. Fletcher is one of 19 engineers (including Samuel Pierpont Langley and Reginald A. Fesseden) included in this Hall of Fame, and Dr. Fletcher was the first engineer ( of eight included in this Hall of Fame) to be inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, as of March of 2006:

James C. Fletcher, Ph.D.

National Academy of Engineering, Elected Member 1970

"For Technical contributions to military science and leadership with their application, particularly in communications, guidance, command and control for space and missle systems."

NASA Administrator, responsible for beginning the Shuttle effort and Viking program. Presided over the effor to recover from the Challenger accident. (1971-1977, 1986-1989)

Professor, Harvard University and Princeton University

President, University of Utah (1964-1971)

Prefessor, University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering

Co-Founder, Space Electronics Corporation
Vice President, Aeroject General Corporation

Consultant (1971-1991)

Advisory Board, Strategic Defense Initiative

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Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 6

Citation: Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology,
1988 International Congress on Technology and Technology Exchange, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1988 October 19

Return to main James Fletcher biography.


Heather Rarick

NASA Flight Director: 2006 to Present

* 2006 June 16 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
New NASA flight director is Mt. Lebanon native
By David Templeton

* 2006 June 16 - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Mt. Lebanon native gains top NASA post
By Greg Latshaw

* 2006 June 15 - Houston Business Journal:
NASA selects new flight directors for Johnson Space Center

* 2006 June 14 - NASA News Release:
RELEASE: J06-069: Two New Flight Directors Chosen to Lead NASA’s Mission Control
Including Pittsburgh's Heather Rarick

Return to main Heather Rarick biography.


Other Internet Web Sites of Interest

History of The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, Pittsburgh -
Which Housed the Oldest Operable Major Planetarium Projector in the World !

History of The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago -
America's First Major Planetarium !

History of Astronomer, Educator, and Optician John A. Brashear

History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries

The Duquesne Incline, Pittsburgh -
Historic Cable Car Railway Serving Commuters and Tourists since 1877 !

Other History Links


Pittsburgh-Area Astronauts
News Articles and Additional Information --

Pittsburgh-Area Astronauts

James B. Irwin *** Judith A. Resnik *** Jay Apt *** Mike Fincke

and NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher

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