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Born: April 27, 1953 in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Ellen S. Baker (M.D., M.P.H.)
NASA ASTRONAUT (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born April 27, 1953, in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, but considers New York City her hometown. Married
to Kenneth J. Baker. They have two daughters. She enjoys swimming, running,
movies, music, and reading. Ellen's parents, Dr. and Mrs. Melvin Shulman,
reside in Beechhurst, New York. Ken's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Baker,
reside in Columbus, Ohio.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Bayside High School,
New York, New York, in 1970; received a bachelor of arts degree in geology from
the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974, a doctorate of medicine
degree from Cornell University in 1978 and a master's degree in public health
from University of Texas School of Public Health in 1994.
EXPERIENCE: After completing medical school,
Dr. Baker trained in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science
Center, San Antonio, Texas. She is certified by the American Board of Internal
NASA EXPERIENCE: In 1981, following her
residency, Dr. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer at the Johnson Space
Dr. Baker was selected as an astronaut by NASA in May
1984. Since then, she has worked a variety of jobs at NASA in support of the
Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs and development of the Exploration
Program. A veteran of three space flights, Dr. Baker has logged more than 686
hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-34 in 1989, STS-50 in 1992
and STS-71 in 1995.
Dr. Baker retired from NASA in December 2011 to pursue
SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-34 Atlantis
(October 18 to October 23, 1989) launched from the Kennedy Space Center in
Florida and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. During the mission,
the crew successfully deployed the Galileo spacecraft to explore Jupiter, mapped
atmospheric ozone and conducted several medical and scientific experiments.
Mission objectives were accomplished in 79 orbits of the Earth, traveling 1.8
million miles in 119 hours and 41 minutes.
STS-50 Columbia (June 25 to July 9, 1992) launched and
landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-50 was the first flight of
the United States Microgravity Laboratory and the first Extended Duration
Orbiter flight. Over a 2-week period, the crew conducted scientific experiments
involving crystal growth, fluid physics, fluid dynamics, biological science and
combustion science. Mission objectives were accomplished in 221 orbits of the
Earth, traveling 5.7 million miles in 331 hours 30 seconds and 4 minutes in
STS-71 Atlantis(June 27 to July 7, 1995) launched from
the Kennedy Space Center with a seven-member crew and returned with an
eight-member crew. STS-71 was the first Space Shuttle mission to dock with the
Russian Space Station Mir and involved an exchange of crews. The crew also
performed various life sciences experiments and data collections. Mission
objectives were accomplished in 153 orbits of the Earth, traveling 4.1 million
miles in 235 hours and 23 minutes.