Villagers’ son prepares for historic space shuttle launch, shares details in NASA press conference

Two years ago, Village of Duval residents Steve and Beth Feustel stood witness as their son Andrew prepared for his inaugural voyage into space.

Soon, Andrew Feustel will return to space, this time serving as lead spacewalker during Space Shuttle Endeavour’s

STS-134 mission to the International Space Station. According to NASA, the mission’s targeted launch date is April 19 from Kennedy Space Center.

During a Thursday morning press conference held at KSC, Feustel and the rest of Endeavour’s crew shared their thoughts on the upcoming mission, the preparations that are now under way and their activity since arriving at KSC on Tuesday evening.

During the mission, crew members will be delivering the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 to the International Space Station, according to NASA.

Space shuttle Commander Mark Kelly described the AMS as “one of the premier science experiments of the 21st century.”

Information from NASA explains that the AMS searches for “various types of unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays.”

“We are pretty excited with what the results are going to be,” Kelly said, explaining that the AMS “could be teaching us things about the universe that are completely unexpected.”

Feustel is well prepared to tackle the challenge. Upon introducing each of his crew members, Kelly noted Feustel’s previous spacewalks during Space Shuttle Atlantis’

STS-125 mission to make repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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