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|CAPTAIN SCOTT ALTMAN|
Born: August 15, 1959 in Lincoln, Illinois
Scott D. Altman (Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired)
NASA ASTRONAUT (former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born August 15, 1959 in Lincoln,
Illinois. Married to the former Jill Shannon Loomer of Tucson, Arizona. They
have three children. Hometown is Pekin, Illinois, where his parents, Fred and
Sharon Altman, currently reside.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Pekin Community High
School, Pekin, Illinois in 1977; received bachelor of science degree in
aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois in
May 1981, and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the
Naval Postgraduate School in June 1990.
ORGANIZATIONS: University of Illinois Alumni
Association, Sigma Chi Alumni Association, life member Association of Naval
Aviation and Military Order of the World Wars.
SPECIAL HONORS: Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished
Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Strike/Flight Air Medal,
Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, 1987 Award winner for
Outstanding Achievement in Tactical Aviation as selected by the Association of
EXPERIENCE: Commissioned as an Ensign in the
United States Navy in August 1981, received his Navy wings of gold in February
1983. Based at NAS Miramar, Altman completed two cruises flying the F-14A
Tomcat. In August 1987, he was selected for the Navy Test Pilot School and
graduated with Test Pilot School Class 97 in June 1990. Deploying in 1992
withVF-31 and the new F-14D, he was awarded the Navy Air Medal for his role as a
strike leader flying over Southern Iraq. Following his return from this
deployment, he was selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 7000
flight hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Altman reported to the Johnson
Space Center in March 1995 as an astronaut candidate. He was the pilot on STS-90
(1998) and STS-106 (2000), and the mission commander on STS-109 (2002) and
STS-125 (2009). Following two years as Shuttle Branch Chief for the Astronaut
Office and lead for the Cockpit Avionics Upgrade, he was assigned on temporary
duty to NASA Headquarters as Deputy Director, Requirements Division of the
Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. On returning to Houston, and following
STS-125, he served as the Chief of the Exploration Branch of the Astronaut
Office. A veteran of four space flights, Altman has logged over 51 days in
space. Altman retired from NASA in September 2010 to join Asrc Research and
Technology Solutions in Greenbelt, Maryland.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-90 Neurolab (April
17 to May 3, 1998). During the 16-day Spacelab flight the seven person crew
aboard Space Shuttle Columbia served as both experiment subjects and operators
for 26 individual life science experiments focusing on the effects of
microgravity on the brain and nervous system.
STS-106 Atlantis (September 8-20, 2000). During the
12-day mission, the crew successfully prepared the International Space Station
for the arrival of the first permanent crew.
STS-109 Columbia (March 1-12, 2002). STS-109 was the
fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission. The STS-109 crew
successfully upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope leaving it with a new power
unit, a new camera and new solar arrays. HST servicing and upgrade was
accomplished during a total of 5 EVAs in 5 consecutive days. STS-109 orbited the
Earth 165 times, and covered 3.9 million miles in over 262 hours, culminating in
a night landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
STS-125 Atlantis (May 11-24, 2009) was the fifth and
final Hubble servicing mission. The 19 year old telescope spent seven days in
the Shuttle's cargo bay undergoing an overhaul conducted over five back to
back spacewalks. The crew overcame frozen bolts, stripped screws, and stuck
handrails to complete all mission objectives. The refurbished Hubble Telescope
now has four new or rejuvenated scientific instruments, new batteries, new
gyroscopes, and a new Command and Data Handling computer. The STS-125 mission
traveled over 5.3 million miles in 197 Earth orbits, and ended with a day
landing at Edwards AFB following two days of wave offs due to poor weather in
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