Fayetteville native to return to space on shuttle Atlantis

Posted April 28, 2010 11:16 a.m. EDT
Updated April 28, 2010 11:26 a.m. EDT

— Fayetteville native Tony Antonelli will make his second journey into orbit on space shuttle Atlantis' next mission to the International Space Station, officials said Wednesday.

The STS-132 flight is targeted to launch May 14 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Antonelli piloted the space shuttle Discovery during a March 2009 mission.

The six astronauts for the Atlantis mission will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module, also known as Rassvet – "dawn" in Russian – to the space station. The flight also will deliver critical spare parts and cargo. During the 12-day mission, three spacewalks are planned to put the spare parts on the station.

STS-132 is the final scheduled flight of Atlantis. Following STS-132, two more shuttle flights remain scheduled before the shuttle program is retired.