final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, Now he's
on Endeavour's last hurrah.
said fellow astronauts have asked, "How are you getting all these good deals?
honestly doesn't know.
was barely back from Hubble in 2009, having performed three spacewalks on the telescope, when NASA
picked him for Endeavour's
will perform three spacewalks outside the International Space Station.
"Just being an astronaut, I feel kind of lucky overall.
A lot of people want to do it, and very few have been selected," he
Before joining NASA in 2000, Feustel, 45, worked as a geophysicist in underground mines, specializing in seismology.
Cars are his
Feustel worked as an auto mechanic in Farmington Hills, Mich., restoring 1950s Jaguars, while attending community college.
grew up in Lake Orion, Mich.
"Cars were big - still are - in my life," he
"I spend a lot of time in the garage."
and wife Indira, a speech language pathologist, have two teenage sons.
In honor of his
mother-in-law's Czech heritage, he's
taking up a small stuffed mole based on the animated character Krtek.
He'll return it to the Czech Republic, her
homeland, after the flight.