Man cites Florida law to avoid prosecution

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Florida judge must decide whether the state can try a man who killed an off-duty federal agent after a road-rage incident in 2008, prosecutors said.

Road rage or 'Stand Your Ground'?

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Florida man accused of killing an off-duty federal agent plans to argue his actions were legal under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, his lawyer said.

ISS crew rests before return to Earth

MOSCOW, June 30 (UPI) -- The crew of the International Space Station is having a day of rest Saturday before three of them return to Earth, officials said.

Police nab suspect in U.S. agent's death

MIRAMAR, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A Florida man was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a federal agent after a 30-hour manhunt, police said.

Intensive search for U.S. agent's killer

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of officers joined the search Wednesday for the killer of a U.S. border agent who was shot in Florida as his daughter watched.

Astronauts, cosmonaut return, off target,

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, May 4 (UPI) -- After several anxious hours for NASA officials, Russian crews Sunday picked up two American astronauts and their Russian crewmate whose Soyuz capsule had a bump

Soyuz carries astronauts, cosmonaut home

, Kazakhstan, May 3 (UPI) -- After five and a half months in space, two NASA astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut returned to Earth safely Saturday night in Kazakhstan.

Two-man crew ready for station duty

MOSCOW, April 18 (UPI) -- The space station's first two-member crew departs for its launch site this weekend, ready to assume control of an outpost designed for a minimum staff of three.

Station crew volunteers to stay a year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The space station astronauts Tuesday volunteered to stay in orbit for a year, or even longer, while NASA sorts through its options in the wake of last week's loss of space shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew.

Admidst grief, cargo ship flies to station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- As NASA braces itself for what promises to be a long and tedious investigation into what caused shuttle Columbia to perish as it returned to Earth on Saturday, an unmanned Russian rocket blasted off Sunday to ferry supplies to the International Space Stat

Station crew boards shuttle for home

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A week of hard work and communal living came to an end on Monday, with the Endeavour astronauts and the returning space station crew slipping aboard the space shuttle and pulling away from the orbital outpost to begin a two-day trip back to Earth.

Shuttle crew prepares to depart station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The shuttle and space station crews enjoyed some time off Sunday, their last day together in orbit after a hectic, weeklong joint mission. Endeavour is scheduled to depart the station on Monday.

New crew approaching space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Six astronauts and one cosmonaut aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour Sunday prepared for Monday's docking with the International Space Station where the fresh crew will join its veteran residents in time for an orbital Thanksgiving holiday.

Shuttle lifts off for station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Sporting a new leak-free oxygen line and a clean bill of health for its robotic arm, space shuttle Endeavour lifted off on Saturday on a delayed but eagerly anticipated mission to the International Space Station.

Shuttle lifts off for space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Sporting a new leak-free oxygen line and a clean bill of health for its robotic arm, space shuttle Endeavour lifted off on Saturday on a delayed but eagerly anticipated mission to the International Space Station.
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Donald Pettit
In this Novemner 21, 2008 NASA image members of the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Endeavour crews posed for a group portrait following a video press conference. Astronaut Donald Pettit appears at photo center. Just below Pettit is astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshin-Piper. Clockwise from her position are astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Steve Bowen, Eric Boe, Chris Ferguson and Michael Fincke, along with cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov, and astronauts Sandra Magnus and Gregory Chamitoff. (UPI Photo/NASA)

Donald Roy Pettit (born April 20, 1955) is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station and a six-week expedition to find meteorites in Antarctica.

Pettit was raised in Silverton, Oregon and is an Eagle Scout. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University in 1978 and a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 1983. He worked as a scientist as the Los Alamos National Laboratory until 1996, when he was selected as an astronaut candidate. He is married and has two sons.

Pettit's first space mission was as a mission specialist on ISS Expedition 6 in 2002 and 2003. During his six-month stay aboard the space station, he performed two EVAs to help install external scientific equipment. Throughout his stay on the International Space Station during his free time he filmed numerous experiments he conducted on free spheres of water in an extremely-low gravity environment in a series he called "Saturday Morning Science".

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