Thursday, May 26, 2011

Yinzer in Space

Emsworth native Mike Fincke is in space aboard the shuttle Endeavour.  On April 29, Endeavour blasted off for its 36th and final mission.  U.S. Air Force Col. Fincke and the crew of STS-134 will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, two communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for the space robot Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the space station.

Col. Fincke was born on March 14, 1967, in Pittsburgh and grew up in Emsworth. The Sewickley Academy graduate now lives in Houston, but his parents still live in Emsworth.  The Pittsburgh astronaut has served two previous tours aboard the International Space Station as a flight engineer and commander.  Fincke has logged 365 days in space, placing him third among Americans for the most time spent in space by an astronaut.

The 'DVE Morning Show created a skit "Yinzer in Space" about Fincke's space odyssey.

Read more about Finke and the mission:

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