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. Fred Flinstone

    This is the secret "bycicle" test all astronomers are required to take one month before lift off.
    This was the first recorded failure in the history of space.
    Future tests will still include the bycicle but also MMA moves like mission control.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. CNN Editor

    Ed Bailey as sheri WW will no longer be allowed to post unmediated comments.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. The Truth about Houston

    A total of no less than 5 back up crews are trained for each mission. This creates an economy of scale unparelled in the modern world for saving the taxpayer money.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Spacegal

      Actually no back-ups are trained for a shuttle mission. (an yes I actually know as up until recently I was a technical astronaut instructor for space station an shuttle.)

      January 16, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karl the Prophet

    Every time a NASA Astronaut has been injured in a bike accident the Packers have gone on to win the Super Bowl.
    Google "unusual super bowl corellations."

    January 16, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • YouCrackMeUp

      Say it ain't so! Anyone want to buy a pair of SuperBowl tickets?

      January 16, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    An astronaut got injured from riding a bike; so like is this the Doogie Howser of astronauts?? @Karl The Prophet: Really? I think not. I think it's the Bears vs. Jets because of the astronaut injury.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tomas

    Unworthy News.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Yea, Jeffery, don't be such a troll.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Yea, the irony. What irony? An astronaut got hurt in a bike. So how is this ironic? Wordsworth only knows, but I don't know what his word's worth.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    U R a WASTE OF A FEMALE. GO to NASA, travel to the moon, then go to URANUS.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    I wasn't talking to Karenwith3.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Eroc

    This is news? I have a lot more stories that are more important than this.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    @Eroc: Name one, you journalist Jr. Wanna be; just one.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. JudyTTexas

    If it wasn't for the Space Program...we wouldn't have the Medical technology we've had through the years.
    The Space Program contributes to our society in many ways...

    January 16, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dee L

    What next? how many astronauts slated for the last mission going to have major events in their personal lives to keep them from going? a gunman at the space center in Ohio before its first scheduled lift off then all of the cracks in the fuel tank. ones wife gets shot along with a federal judge, now this? whats going on NASA? people start getting together rallying for disclosure and you start falling apart at the seems? I am told that after the female/french astronaut scientist blurted out "the world must know the truth!" at that press conference several years ago, folks have not been as eager to go to the space station..

    January 16, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Did he bicycle through a meteor field? Have to learn how to trace a line through space debris better. Think Star Wars.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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