SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

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CONTACT:Sarah Wahrenbrock††††††††††††††††††††† FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 229††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 16 NOV 2009

 

 

SMMUSD ALUMNUS IS OUT THIS WORLD!

 

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is proud to announce that Randy Bresnik, an SMMUSD alumnus, is headed to the International Space Station today for an eleven-day mission to deliver and secure supplies to the station.

 

Bresnik graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1985.He also attended Grant Elementary and John Adams Middle School.

 

Bresnik will be going up on the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis flight STS-129. The shuttle leaves today, Monday, November 16 at approximately 2:30pm EST.It is scheduled to return on Friday, November 27, weather permitting.

 

While in space, the six-person crew will be docking at the International Space Station.The mission for this flight is to deliver parts to the space station, including two spare gyroscopes.The shuttle program is scheduled to end next year, and only five final flights remain.The vehicle that will be used to travel to the space station following the final shuttle flight will not be able to carry the kinds of large payloads that flight STS-129 will be transporting.

 

Bresnik will be part of two of the three E.V.A.s (space walks outside the space station), the purpose of which is to attach the extra parts to the outside of the station for storage and later use.

 

Returning with Bresnik and the crew of flight STS-129 will be fellow Nicole Stott, who traveled to the space station on a previous flight.

 

When Bresnick returns from space, he will be the proud father of a new daughter.His wife, Rebecca, is scheduled to give birth on November 20 while Bresnick is in space.

 

To read more information about flight STS-129, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html.To read the blog for flight STS-129ís launch, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html.

 

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