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NASA Astronaut C. Michael Foale 8"x10" Full Colour Portrait
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Full Colour 8"x10" Glossy Photo of Astronaut C.Michael Foale.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-45 (March 24 to April 2, 1992) was the first of the ATLAS series of missions to study the atmosphere and solar interactions. STS-56 (April 9-17, 1993) carried ATLAS-2 and the SPARTAN retrievable satellite that made observations of the solar corona. STS-63 (February 2-11, 1995) was the first rendezvous with the Russian Space Station Mir. During STS-63 he made a space walk (extravehicular activity) with Bernard Harris for 4 hours, 39 minutes, evaluating extremely cold conditions on his spacesuit, and exploring mass handling of the 2800-pound Spartan satellite. His next flight lasted 4-½ months aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, and was launched on STS-84 on May 15, 1997 to join the Mir 23 crew. Foale initially conducted science experiments, then helped reestablish the Mir after it experienced a collision and depressurization. He conducted a 6-hour EVA in the Russian Orlan spacesuit with Anatoli Soloviev to inspect damage to the station's Spektr module caused by the June 25 collision with a Progress resupply ship. Foale's long duration space flight ended on October 6, 1997 after return by STS-86, having spent 145 days in space. He then served on STS-103 (December 19-27, 1999), an 8-day mission, which repaired and upgraded systems on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). During an 8 hours and 10 minute EVA, Foale and Nicollier replaced the telescope’s main computer and Fine Guidance Sensor. The STS-103 mission was accomplished in 120 Earth orbits, traveling 3.2 million miles in 7 days, 23 hours and 11 minutes. On his last flight, October 18, 2003 to April 29, 2004, Foale served as Expedition-8 Commander. The Expedition-8 crew launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan aboard Soyuz TMA-3 and docked with the ISS on October 20, 2003. His six-month tour of duty aboard the International Space Station included one 3 hour, 55 minute EVA. Mission duration was 194 days, 18 hours and 35 minutes. Over 6 missions Foale has logged 374 days, 11 hours and 19 minutes cumulative time in space.