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The Next 10 Americans in Space

The shuttle has retired, but the astronauts have not.

Rick Mastracchio


Mastracchio has seen spaceflight from both sides—from space and from the ground. In the 1990s, he worked 17 shuttle flights as a guidance and navigation officer in Mission Control. Selected as an astronaut in 1993, he then flew three shuttle missions to the space station—including STS-106 in 2000, shortly before astronauts started living there permanently. Shown here during launch safety training in Florida, Mastracchio has made six spacewalks. He’ll begin his Expedition 38/39 tour in November 2013.

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