The crew is the orbital extension of the Astro team and helps ensure the maximum scientific return for the mission. The NASA astronauts provide a range of special knowledge, from the Shuttle and its systems to astronomy. Two crew members are not career astronauts but are astronomers chosen by the Astro-2 principal investigators. Known as payload specialists, they provide expertise on the instruments and key observations.
Shuttle Commander: Stephen S. Oswald Shuttle Pilot: Lt. Col. William G. Gregory(USAF) Flight Engineer: Lt. Cmdr. Wendy B. Lawrence(USN) Payload Commander: Dr. Tamara Jernigan Mission Specialist: Dr. John M. Grunsfeld Payload Specialist: Dr. Samuel T. Durrance Payload Specialist: Dr. Ronald A. Parise Alternate Payload Specialist: Scott D. Vangen
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