Factbox: Atlantis carries six veteran astronauts

(BestGrowthStock) – The last crew to fly aboard the space shuttle Atlantis is a tight-knit team of six men, all veteran astronauts who find common ground in humor. Here’s a look at the crew:

* Shuttle commander and U.S. Navy Captain Kenneth Ham, 45, of Plainfield, New Jersey. Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School with degrees in aerospace and aeronautical engineering. Married, with two children, Ham is making his second spaceflight.

* Pilot and U.S. Navy Commander Dominic “Tony” Antonelli, 42, born in Detroit and raised in Indiana and North Carolina. Graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Washington with degrees in aeronautics and astronautics, and graduated the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Married with two children, Antonelli is making his second spaceflight.

* Flight engineer and spacewalker Michael Good, 47, retired Air Force colonel, grew up in Broadview Heights, Ohio. Has a master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also attended Air Force Test Pilot School. He flew and tested the B-2 stealth bomber. Married with three children, Good has made one previous spaceflight.

* Spacewalker Garrett Reisman, 42, of Parsippany, New Jersey. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in mechanical engineering and economics, holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Reisman worked for TRW before his selection as an astronaut in 1998. He served three months as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station in 2008. Reisman, who is married, is making his second spaceflight.

* Spacewalker and U.S. Navy Captain Stephen Bowen, 46, of Cohasset, Massachusetts. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in electrical engineering, holds a master’s in ocean engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the first submarine officer picked by NASA to be an astronaut. Bowen, who is married with three children, is the first submarine officer selected by NASA to become an astronaut. He is making his second spaceflight.

* Piers Sellers, 55, of Crowborough, Sussex, England became a U.S. citizen in order to become an astronaut. Graduated from Scotland’s University of Edinburgh with a degree in ecological science, he earned a doctorate in biometeorology from Leeds University. Before joining NASA’s astronaut corps, Sellers was a climate scientist. Married with two children, Sellers is making his third spaceflight.

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(Reporting by Irene Klotz, editing by Jane Sutton)

Factbox: Atlantis carries six veteran astronauts