NASA astronaut injured in bicycle accident
Mission Specialist Tim Kopra was injured in a bicycle accident Saturday.
January 16th, 2011
05:42 AM ET

NASA astronaut injured in bicycle accident

Injuries from a bicycle accident could change a NASA astronaut's duties on Space Shuttle Discovery, the agency said in a statement.

Mission Specialist Tim Kopra was injured in a bicycle accident Saturday, NASA said. The agency said he "will be OK," but did not release further details, citing medical privacy.

However, the agency said the impact the accident would have on Kopra's shuttle duties "is being evaluated."

He is scheduled to be on the Discovery mission to the International Space Station, slated for February 24.

Kopra was selected as an astronaut in 2000, has previously been aboard two shuttle missions and spent one tour of duty on the International Space Station.

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  1. Casper


    January 16, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • tracy


      January 16, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • it's like eBay but 100% FREE ////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

      don't kill another Shuttle crew!!!!!!!!
      the ET cracks might very likely cause a, never seen before, huge ET foam debris that may destroy the Shuttle before it reaches the orbit!!!!!!
      about 15 months ago I’ve proposed the DEFINITIVE solution for the Shuttle ET’s foam issue in this article:
      “The idea that can save SEVEN astronauts” ...
      maybe, NASA can use MY idea NOW, for the Discovery STS-133 mission and the latest flights, to avoid a further Columbia disaster
      and, if they want additional suggestions to update my idea and make it better and safer, they can just send a mail to me

      January 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      Casper, all of the people like you who say the space program is a waste of money are extremely ignorant, and perhaps not very intelligent. Please don't voice your INANE opinion again, thanks.

      January 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff1964

    Really? LOL, CNN is this really newsworthy? They have many "mission specialists" at NASA. What next, you going to put out an article about the Presidents dog dropping a deuce on the white house lawn?

    January 16, 2011 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
    • dpeters11

      I don't think that's how it works. I believe a backup crew trains at the same time as the primary, so there would be a replacement specialist who's been training for the same mission.

      January 16, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Wordsworth

      Don't be a troll, Jeff. This story is worth reporting for the simple irony if nothing more.

      January 16, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • obamaCrapLicker

      ha. ha.

      January 16, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • it's like eBay but 100% FREE ////// ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

      yes, NASA has many mission specialists, but, every astronaut is trained for months for a SPECIFIC mission, so, if one of them is injured and can't fly, train a new specialist may need months of delay

      January 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • SargeH

      The troll crawled out from under his bridge early today.

      January 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dadof3

    That stinks! I hope he can go. I wish I could go.

    January 16, 2011 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |

      Shuttles track record NG Old decaying seals Chunks of foam wouldn't get me in one! maybe it was a planned bike accident by the wife who doesn't want to be a widow

      January 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dadof3

      But to have a chance to go for me is worth the risk

      January 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    I do not know what to think of the astronaut, but in general, all of the space workers are lazy arrogant cry babies.
    I am glad most will be laid off. I hope they have to do real work for 1/2 thier normal wage like the rest of us. Oh, did I mention that the laid off workers get grant money that pays 1/2 thier salary for new job training ? They need that because of thier lack of real work experience. Need people wonder why the shuttle is still sitting there ? I live on the space coast of florida – KILL THE WHOLE PROGRAM !

    January 16, 2011 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      I'm sure your comment is a fair and well thought out evaluation of an astronaut's duties, given that you clearly have years of experience in the field.

      January 16, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Were you laid off from a NASA contract? If so, your frustration with the program would probably fall under "disgruntled" employee. If not laid off, then your accusation of Nasa employees being lazy, is without merit. Seeing as you have no firsthand knowledge of NASA. Either way, your just being silly.

      January 16, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Duke

      Lets just cut off your internet connection instead.

      January 16, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Timmeh

      Maybe you make less because of your lack of basic spelling skills? Thier isn't "their".

      January 16, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • DYBO

      I'll bet you hate those lazy school teachers also.

      January 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Bull

      You sound like a nasty , smart mouth drunk.

      January 16, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • SargeH

      And jealousy and envy again raises its ugly head.

      January 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      What a George W. Bush Licker.

      January 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • cortez

      way to go james. riding a bike. ha ha. yes we are already seeing the privite sector picking up and you'll see do a much better job at delivering spy satelites and HAARP devices to space. teachers are not virtious by defualt

      January 16, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyokol

      James, it seems your opinion is based solely on the envy you feel for a person who makes more money than you. You are the type of guy who thinks what the car shop charges you is a rip off because deep down you assume there is nothing they do that adds value, but that's just your own ignorance and hurt narcissism. You sound to me like you have no career, no insurance and a dysfunctional family.

      January 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack

    I'm in Florida and used to work on the Space Program (back in the Gemini and Apollo days). Not ALL are "lazy arrogant cry babies". People are hired for specific skills or specfic tasls. I was a government contract employee and we all know (most), that work on government contracts, that the jobs are there only as long as the company has a contract. I worked for RCA Service Co on the Air Force Eastern Test range, Ascension Island tracking station and then later for Bendix Field Engineering on the Ascension Island Apollo tracking station and later at Goddard Space Flight Center. When the contract was nearing the end, I moved on to another technical position with another company outside the space program – not a problem back then. I'm now a "Florida Retiree" living on the west coast.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • TC

      Well then you could tell us...Did they really go to the moon?

      January 16, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • mc

      are you a lazy, arrogant, crybaby?

      January 16, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob Zmuda

    Hope he recovers and is able to go. Can't imagine losing the seat on one of the very last shuttle missions ever.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Yes, that must be really frustrating for all involved. I'm glad he's okay, though.

      January 16, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    Was he wearing a helmet? Just curious. Hope he is OK.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sherri W.W.#1~ILLinois

    I guess my question would be~what the devil is he doing,or are they allowing him to do,by riding a bike[and I am all for bikes tho I dont ride]a month before he is schuelded to go into space? A lot of money and time goes into preparing someone for that mission.You wolud think the "boss" might want you to be extra careful,in these days leading up to the mission,

    January 16, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. ***dude***

    @ no accident aclu:
    Beside the fact that ur rant has nothing to do with the topic, it makes no sense either.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobbie66

    * Whoa, I sure hope the bicycle is ok! Those astronauts work out & stuff.


    January 16, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Me

    Two down.... How many does that leave us with? They should just scrub this last mission and chalk it up to lives saved.

    January 16, 2011 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. ***dude***

    @ me: wow, ur quite the explorer! Did ur mommy even let u play outside?

    January 16, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. kk

    I wish I knew why space travel is so important. That is an incredible amount of money

    January 16, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • lou

      search for "NASA spinoffs". The private sector is greatly benefited by the research done.

      January 16, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Tastycles

      That's ok. We'll probably need to leave people behind during the exodus.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |

    WHOA JUST WAIT A SECOND!! Someone got injured from a bike!!! Lets start a bill to ban all bike with 2 wheels!!! It was the bikes fault for being a bike. While we are at it lets ban pencils and keyboards because they cause misspelled words. Lets ban fast food because it cause people to get fat. Oh and lets ban all symbols because free speech caused a shooting and wars. The list can go on and on.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • SargeH

      Having a little trouble staying focused, are you?

      January 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Bailey

    Murphy's law, or O'TOOL's corrolary, whichever shoe fits!

    January 16, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
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