A Close Look At Endeavor's Astronauts
Becoming an astronaut was a childhood dream for Navy Captain Stephen Bowen. Bowen eventually became a submariner after being inspired by Jacques Cousteau, and was the first submarine officer to be selected as an astronaut in 2000.
Navy Capt. Stephen Bowen hopes to put his ceramic tiling experience to work on the mission when he uses a caulk gun to apply grease to a jammed space station joint.
Bowen joked that becoming an astronaut was a logical step "if you want to live in a metal tube for long periods of time."
The 44-year-old father of three will perform three spacewalks on his first spaceflight.
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