|COLONEL RICK HUSBAND|
Born: July 12, 1957 in Amarillo, Texas
Died: February 1, 2003 in STS-107 (Columbia) ON REENTRY
RICK DOUGLAS HUSBAND (Colonel, U.S. Air Force)
NASA ASTRONAUT (Deceased)
PERSONAL DATA: Born July 12, 1957, in Amarillo, Texas. Died on
February 1, 2003 over the southern United States when Space Shuttle
Columbia and the crew perished during entry,
16 minutes prior to scheduled landing. He is survived by his wife and their two
children. He enjoyed singing, water and snow skiing, cycling, and spending time
with his family.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Amarillo High School,
Amarillo, Texas, in 1975. Received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical
engineering from Texas Tech University in 1980, and a master of science degree
in mechanical engineering from California State University, Fresno, in
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Society of
Experimental Test Pilots, Tau Beta Pi, Air Force Association, and the Texas Tech
AWARDS: Posthumously awarded the Congressional
Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Distinguished
Service Medal, and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (DDSM.
SPECIAL HONORS: Distinguished Graduate of
AFROTC, Undergraduate Pilot Training, Squadron Officers School, F-4 Instructor
School, and USAF Test Pilot School; Outstanding Engineering Student Award, Texas
Tech University, 1980; F-4 Tactical Air Command Instructor Pilot of the Year
(1987); named a 1997 Distinguished Engineer of the College of Engineering, Texas
Tech University. Military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with
two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation
Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, two NASA Group Achievement Awards for
work on the X-38 Development Team and the Orbiter Upgrade Definition
EXPERIENCE: After graduation from Texas Tech
University in May 1980, Husband was commissioned a second lieutenant in the USAF
and attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base (AFB), Oklahoma. He
graduated in October 1981, and was assigned to F-4 training at Homestead AFB,
Florida. After completion of F-4 training in September 1982, Husband was
assigned to Moody AFB, Georgia flying the F-4E. From September to November 1985,
he attended F-4 Instructor School at Homestead AFB and was assigned as an F-4E
instructor pilot and academic instructor at George AFB, California in December
1985. In December 1987, Husband was assigned to Edwards AFB, California, where
he attended the USAF Test Pilot School. Upon completion of Test Pilot School,
Husband served as a test pilot flying the F-4 and all five models of the F-15.
In the F-15 Combined Test Force, Husband was the program manager for the Pratt
& Whitney F100-PW-229 increased performance engine, and also served as the
F-15 Aerial Demonstration Pilot. In June 1992, Husband was assigned to the
Aircraft and Armament Evaluation Establishment at Boscombe Down, England, as an
exchange test pilot with the Royal Air Force. At Boscombe Down, Husband was the
Tornado GR1 and GR4 Project Pilot and served as a test pilot in the Hawk,
Hunter, Buccaneer, Jet Provost, Tucano, and Harvard. He logged over 3800 hours
of flight time in more than 40 different types of aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Husband was selected as an
astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994. He reported to the Johnson Space
Center in March 1995 to begin a year of training and evaluation. Upon completion
of training, he was named the Astronaut Office representative for Advanced
Projects at Johnson Space Center, working on Space Shuttle Upgrades, the Crew
Return Vehicle (CRV) and studies to return to the Moon and travel to Mars. He
also served as Chief of Safety for the Astronaut Office. Husband was pilot on
STS-96 (1999) and crew commander on STS-107 (2003), logging 24 days, 51 hours
and 33 minutes in space.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-96 Discovery (May 27 to June 6, 1999) was a 10-day mission
during which the crew performed the first docking with the International Space
Station and delivered 4 tons of logistics and supplies in preparation for the
arrival of the first crew to live on the station early next year. The mission
was accomplished in 153 Earth orbits, traveling 4 million miles in 9 days, 19
hours and 13 minutes.
STS-107 Columbia (January 16 to February 1, 2003). The 16-day flight
was a dedicated science and research mission. Working 24 hours a day, in two
alternating shifts, the crew successfully conducted approximately 80
experiments. The STS-107 mission ended abruptly on February 1, 2003 when Space
Shuttle Columbia and the crew perished during entry, 16 minutes
before scheduled landing.
DANIEL T. BARRY
Born: December 30, 1953 in Norwalk, Connecticut
Daniel T. Barry (M.D., Ph.D.)
NASA ASTRONAUT (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born December 30, 1953, in
Norwalk, Connecticut, but considers South Hadley, Massachusetts, to be his
hometown. Enjoys flying, tennis, running.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Bolton High School,
Alexandria, Louisiana, in 1971; received a bachelor of science degree in
electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1975; a master of engineering
degree and a master of arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science
from Princeton University in 1977; a doctorate in electrical
engineering/computer science from Princeton University in 1980; and a doctorate
in medicine from the University of Miami in 1982.
ORGANIZATIONS: Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers (IEEE); American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
(AAEM); American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR);
Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP); Sigma Xi; Association of Space
Explorers, United States Tennis Association.
SPECIAL HONORS: 1971 McMullen Engineering
Award. 1979 NSF National Needs Fellow. 1984 Young Investigator Award, American
Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AAEM). 1985-1990 Clinical
Investigator Development Award, National Institutes of Health. 1990 Silver
Crutch Teaching Award, University of Michigan. 1992-1996 Trustee, Albert and
Ellen Grass Foundation. 1996 Honorary 2-Dan Go Player, Nihon Kiin, Japan. 1996,
1999, 2001 NASA Space Flight Medals. 1996 Honorary Doctor of Science, St. Louis
University. 1998 Vladimir Komarov Diploma, Federation Aeronautique
Internationale. 1999 Honorary Life Member, United States Tennis Association.
1999 Stuart Reiner Award, AAEM, 2000 William Beaumont Award, Wayne State Medical
Society. 2000, 2002 NASA Exceptional Service Medals. 2001 Top 10 in the world
career spacewalk hours. 2001 100 Most Notable Princeton Graduate School Alumni
of the 20 th Century. 2002 Erdman Award, American Association of Academic
Physiatrists. 2003 Paul J, Corcoran Award, Harvard Medical School. 2003 Honorary
Doctor of Science, Beloit College.
EXPERIENCE: Following graduate school at
Princeton University, Dr. Barry was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral
fellow in physics at Princeton. He then attended the University of Miami Medical
School, graduating in 1982. He completed an internship and a Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan in 1985. He was
appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Michigan
in 1985, and his tenure was approved by the Regents in 1992. He spent the
summers of 1985-87 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole,
Massachusetts, supported by the Grass Foundation for work in skeletal muscle
physiology and as the Associate Director of the Grass Foundation Fellowship
Program (1986-87). His research primarily involved biological signal processing,
including signal processing theory, algorithms, and applications to specific
biological systems. The applications included acoustic signals generated by
contracting skeletal muscle, electrical signals from muscle, and heart sounds.
He has also worked in prosthetic design. Dr. Barry's work has been supported
by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass
Foundation, and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He has five patents,
over 50 articles in scientific journals, and has served on two scientific
journal editorial boards.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in March
1992, Dr. Barry reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He
completed one year of training and qualified for assignment as a mission
specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Dr. Barry has worked on primary
payload development, the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL),
portable computing issues for Space Shuttle, Chief of Astronaut Appearances,
flight clinic ombudsman, source board member for the NASA Space Biomedical
Research Institute (NSBRI), Astronaut Office team lead to NASDA, the Japanese
Space Agency, Chief, ISS Hardware, US and International, and a tour of duty with
the Office of Biological & Physical Research and the Office of Education,
NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C. A veteran of three space flights, STS-72
(1996), STS-96 (1999) and STS-105 (2001), Dr. Barry has logged over 734 hours in
space, including 4 spacewalks totaling 25 hours and 53 minutes. Dr. Barry
retired from NASA in April 2005 to start his own company â€œDenbar Roboticsâ€
where he currently builds robots.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-72 Endeavour (January 11-20, 1996) was a 9-day flight
during which the crew retrieved the Space Flyer Unit (launched from Japan
10-months earlier), deployed and retrieved the OAST-Flyer, and Dr. Barry
performed a 6 hour, 9 minute spacewalk designed to demonstrate and evaluate
techniques to be used in the assembly of the International Space Station.
Mission duration was 142 Earth orbits, traveling 3.7 million miles in 214 hours
and 41 seconds.
STS-96 Discovery (May 27
to June 6, 1999) was the 1st mission to dock with the International Space
Station. It was a 10-day mission during which the crew delivered 4 tons of
logistics and supplies in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to live
on the station. The mission was accomplished in 153 Earth orbits, traveling 4
million miles in 235 hours and 13 minutes. Dr. Barry performed a spacewalk of 7
hours and 55 minute duration.
STS-105 Discovery (Aug 10-22, 2001) was the 11th mission to the
International Space Station. While at the orbital outpost, the STS-105 crew
delivered the Expedition-3 crew, attached the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, and
transferred over 2.7 metric tons of supplies and equipment to the station. Dr.
Barry and Pat Forrester performed two spacewalks totaling 11 hours and 45
minutes of EVA time. STS-105 also brought home the Expedition-2 crew. The
STS-105 mission was accomplished in 186 orbits of the Earth, traveling over 4.9
million miles in 285 hours and 13 minutes.
Born: October 20, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Personal Profile: Born October 20, 1963, in Montreal,
Quebec, Ms. Payette enjoys running, skiing, racquet sports and scuba diving. She
has a commercial pilot license with float rating. Ms. Payette is fluent in
French and English, and can converse in Spanish, Italian, Russian and German.
She plays the piano and has sung with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the
Piacere Vocale in Basel, Switzerland, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in
Toronto. She is married to William (Billie) Flynn, test pilot and LCol (ret)
from the Canadian Air Force. They have two children.
Education: Attended primary and secondary school in
Montreal, Quebec. International Baccalaureate (1982) from the United World
College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK. Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical (1986)
cum laude from McGill University, Montreal. Master of Applied Science - Computer
Engineering (1990) from the University of Toronto.
Organizations: Member of l'Ordre des Ingénieurs du
Québec and the International Academy of Astronautics. Member of the Board of
Canada's "Own The Podium" Olympic High Performance Program. Former
Governor-in-Council for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC) and member of the board of Queen's University. Les Amies
d'affaires du Ritz.
Special Honours: Received one of six Canadian
scholarships to attend the Atlantic College in Wales, UK (1980). Greville-Smith
Scholarship (1982-1986), highest undergraduate award at McGill University.
McGill University Faculty Scholar (1983-1986). NSERC post-graduate Scholarship
(1988-1990). Massey College Fellowship (1988-1990). Canadian Council of
Professional Engineers; distinction for exceptional achievement by a young
engineer (1994). NASA Space Flight Medal (1999). Chevalier de l'Ordre de la
Pléiade de la francophonie (2001). Knight of l'Ordre National du Québec (2002).
NASA Space Flight Medal (2009). University of Ottawa Distinguish Canadian
Leadership Award (2009). Carried the Olympic flag in the opening ceremonies of
the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. Engineers Canada
Gold Medal (2010), highest recognition of the Canadian Council of Professional
Engineers. Inducted in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame (2010). NASA
Exceptional Service Medal (2010). Officer of the Order of Canada (2010).
Honorary Degrees: Queen's University (1999); University
of Ottawa (1999); Simon Fraser University (2000); Université Laval (2000);
University of Regina (2001); Royal Roads University (2001); University of
Toronto (2001); University of Victoria (2002); Nipissing University (2002);
McGill University (2003); Mount Saint Vincent University (2004); McMaster
University (2004); University of Lethbridge (2005); Mount Allison University
(2005); University of Alberta (2006); York University (2010); University of
Waterloo (2010); Concordia University (2010).
Experience: Before joining the space program, Ms.
Payette conducted research in computer systems, natural language processing and
automatic speech recognition. She worked as a system engineer with IBM Canada
(1986-1988); research assistant at the University of Toronto (1988-1990);
visiting scientist at the IBM Research Laboratory, in Zurich, Switzerland (1991)
and research engineer with BNR/Northern in Montreal (1992).
In June 1992, the Canadian Space Agency selected Ms.
Payette from 5330 applicants to become one of four astronauts. After her basic
training in Canada, she worked as a technical advisor for the Mobile Servicing
System (MSS), an advanced robotics system contributed by Canada to the
International Space Station (ISS).
In preparation for a space mission assignment, Ms.
Payette obtained her commercial pilot license, studied Russian and logged 120
hours as a research operator on board reduced gravity aircraft. In April 1996,
Ms. Payette was certified as a one-atmosphere, deep-sea diving suit operator.
Ms. Payette obtained her military pilot captaincy on the Tutor CT-114
''Snowbird'' jet at the Canadian Air Force Base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in
February 1996. She obtained her military instrument rating in 1997. She has
logged more than 1300 hours of flight time. Ms. Payette was Chief Astronaut for
the Canadian Space Agency from 2000 to 2007.
NASA Experience: Ms. Payette reported to the NASA
Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas in August 1996. She completed initial
astronaut training in April 1998 and was assigned to work on technical issues in
robotics for the Astronaut Office. In 1999 she flew on STS-96 and has logged
over 465 hours in space. A veteran of two space flights, STS-96 (1999) and
STS-127 (2009), she has logged over 611 hours in space.
From September 1999 to December 2002, Ms. Payette was
assigned to represent the Astronaut corps at the European and Russian space
agencies where she supervised procedure development, equipment verification and
space hardware processing for the International Space Station Program.
Since January 2003, Ms. Payette works as a CAPCOM
(Capsule Communicator) at Mission Control Center in Houston and was Lead CAPCOM
for Space Shuttle mission
STS-121 (2006). The CAPCOM is
responsible for all communications between ground controllers and the astronauts
Space Flight Experience: Julie Payette flew on Space
Shuttle Discovery from May 27 to June 6, 1999 as a crewmember of STS-96. During
the mission, the crew performed the first manual docking of the Shuttle to the
International Space Station, and delivered four tons of supplies to the Station.
Ms. Payette served as a mission specialist, was responsible for the Station
systems, supervised the space walk and operated the Canadarm robotic arm. The
STS-96 mission was accomplished in 153 orbits of the Earth, traveling more than
six million kilometres in 9 days, 19 hours and 13 minutes. Ms. Payette was the
first Canadian to participate in an ISS assembly mission and to board the Space
From July 15 to 31, 2009, Julie Payette served as the
flight engineer on the crew of STS-127 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the
29th Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. During this mission,
also known as ISS Assembly Mission 2J/A, the crew completed the construction of
the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module, installed scientific experiments on its
Exposed Facility and delivered critical spare parts and replacement batteries to
the orbital complex. Robotics technology was used almost every day on this
assembly mission and Ms. Payette operated all three robotic arms – the Shuttle's
Canadarm, the Station's Canadarm2, and a special-purpose Japanese arm on Kibo.
While the Shuttle was docked to the ISS, the mission featured a record 13
astronauts from 5 different nationalities together on board a single joint
spacecraft. It also highlighted the first time two Canadians were in space at
the same time. The 16-day mission included five spacewalks, travelling 10.5
million kilometers in 248 orbits around the Earth.
In Januyary 2011, Julie Payette undertook a fellowship
as a Public Policy Scholar at the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Center for
International Scholars in Washington, D.C. Since October 2011, Ms. Payette has
been the scientific authority for Quebec in Washington on behalf of Quebec's
Department of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. During her
assignment, Ms. Payette remains a member of the Canadian Astronaut corps.
Born: May 7, 1959 in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Tamara E. "Tammy" Jernigan (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born May 7, 1959, in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. Married to Peter J.K. "Jeff" Wisoff. She enjoys
volleyball, racquetball, softball, and flying. As an undergraduate, she competed
in intercollegiate athletics on Stanford's varsity volleyball team. Her father,
Mr. Terry L. Jernigan, resides in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her mother, Mrs. Mary
P. Jernigan, resides in Hesperia, California.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Santa Fe High School,
Santa Fe Springs, California, in 1977; received a bachelor of science degree in
physics (with honors), and a master of science degree in engineering science
from Stanford University in 1981 and 1983, a master of science degree in
astronomy from the University of California-Berkeley in 1985, and a doctorate in
space physics and astronomy from Rice University in 1988.
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the American
Astronomical Association, the American Physical Society, the United States
Volleyball Association, and a Lifetime Member of Girl Scouts.
AWARDS: Distinguished Service Medal (2000,
1997); Lowell Thomas Award, Explorer's Club (2000); Group Achievement Award â€"
EVA Development Test Team (1997); FÃ©dÃ©ration AÃ©ronautique Internationale
Vladimir Komorov Diploma (1997, 1996); Outstanding Leadership Medal (1996);
Outstanding Performance Award (1993); Exceptional Service Medal (1993); Laurels
Award, Aviation Week (1991); NASA Space Flight Medal (2000, 1996, 1995, 1992,
EXPERIENCE: After graduating from Stanford
University, Jernigan served as a research scientist in the Theoretical Studies
Branch at NASA Ames Research Center from June 1981 until July 1985. Her research
interests have included the study of bipolar outflows in regions of star
formation, gamma ray bursters, and shock wave phenomena in the interstellar
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in June
1985, Dr. Jernigan became an astronaut in July 1986. Her assignments since then
have included: software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration
Laboratory (SAIL); operations coordination on secondary payloads; spacecraft
communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control for STS-30, STS-28, STS-34, STS-33, and
STS-32; lead astronaut for flight software development; Chief of the Astronaut
Office Mission Development Branch; Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. Prior
to STS-96 she served as the Assistant for Station to the Chief of the Astronaut
Office, directing crew involvement in the development and operation of the
Station. A veteran of five space flights, Dr. Jernigan has logged over 1,512
hours in space, including an EVA totaling 7 hours and 55 minutes. She was a
mission specialist on STS-40 (June 5-14, 1991) and STS-52 (October 22-November
1, 1992), was the payload commander on STS-67 (March 2-18, 1995), and again
served as a mission specialist on STS-80 (November 19 to December 7, 1996) and
STS-96 (May 27 to June 6, 1999). Currently, Dr. Jernigan serves as the Lead
Astronaut for Space Station external maintenance. She also formulates and
advocates Astronaut Office EVA input into the design, maintenance, and operation
of research and systems modules built by our Italian partners.
Dr. Jernigan retired from NASA in September
2001 to accept a position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where she
serves as Assistant Associate Director for Physics and Advanced
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-40 Spacelab Life
Sciences (SLS-1) was a dedicated space and life sciences mission aboard Space
Shuttle Columbia. During the nine-day flight crew members performed experiments
which explored how humans, animals and cells respond to microgravity and readapt
to Earth's gravity on return. Other payloads included experiments designed to
investigate materials science, plant biology and cosmic radiation. Mission
duration was 218 hours, 14 minutes, 20 seconds. Landing was at Edwards Air Force
STS-52 was also launched aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. During the ten-day
flight, the crew deployed the Italian Laser Geodynamic Satellite (LAGEOS) which
will be used to measure movement of the Earth's crust, and operated the U.S.
Microgravity Payload 1 (USMP-1). Also, the Space Vision System (SVS), developed
by the Canadian Space Agency, was tested by the crew using a small target
assembly which was released from the remote manipulator system. The SVS will be
used for Space Station construction. In addition, numerous other experiments
were performed by the crew encompassing the areas of geophysics, materials
science, biological research and applied research for Space Station. Mission
duration was 236 hours, 56 minutes 13 seconds. Landing was at Kennedy Space
STS-67 Astro-2 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour was the second
flight of the Astro observatory, a unique complement of three telescopes. During
this record-setting 16-day mission, the crew conducted observations around the
clock to study the far ultraviolet spectra of faint astronomical objects and the
polarization of ultraviolet light coming from hot stars and distant galaxies.
Mission duration was 399 hours and 9 minutes. Landing was at Edwards Air Force
Base in California.
On STS-80 the crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia successfully deployed and
retrieved the Wake Shield Facility (WSF) and the Orbiting Retrievable Far and
Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (ORFEUS) satellites. The free-flying WSF
created a super vacuum in its wake and grew thin film wafers for use in
semiconductors and other high-tech electrical components. The ORFEUS
instruments, mounted on the reusable Shuttle Pallet Satellite, studied the
origin and makeup of stars. Her two planned spacewalks were lost due to a jammed
outer hatch on the airlock. Mission duration was a record breaking 423 hours, 53
STS-96 Discovery (May 27 to June 6, 1999) was a 10-day mission during which
the crew performed the first docking to the International Space Station, and
delivered 4 tons of logistics and supplies in preparation for the arrival of the
first crew to live on the station early next year. The mission was accomplished
in 153 Earth orbits, traveling 4 million miles in 235 hours and 13 minutes,
during which Dr. Jernigan performed an EVA of 7 hours and 55 minute
Born: May 10, 1958 in Los Angeles, California
Ellen Ochoa (Ph.D)
LYNDON B. JOHNSON SPACE CENTER
PERSONAL DATA: Born in 1958 in Los Angeles,
California, but considers La Mesa, California, to be her hometown. Married to
Coe Fulmer Miles of Molalla, Oregon. They have two children. She is a classical
flutist and private pilot, and also enjoys volleyball and bicycling. Ellen's
mother, Rosanne Ochoa, is deceased. Coe's mother, Georgia Zak, is deceased.
His stepfather, Louis Zak, resides in John Day, Oregon.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Grossmont High
School, La Mesa, California, in 1975; received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Physics from San Diego State University in 1980, and a Master of Science degree
and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1981 and
ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Optical Society of
America (OSA), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA),
Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honor societies.
SPECIAL HONORS: NASA awards include the
Distinguished Service Medal, Exceptional Service Medal, Outstanding Leadership
Medal, and four Space Flight Medals. Recipient of numerous other awards,
including the Harvard Foundation Science Award, Women in Aerospace Outstanding
Achievement Award, The Hispanic Engineer Albert Baez Award for Outstanding
Technical Contribution to Humanity, the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, and
San Diego State University Alumna of the Year. She also has two schools named
after her: Ellen Ochoa Middle School in Pasco, Washington, and the Ellen Ochoa
Learning Center in Cudahy, California.
EXPERIENCE: As a doctoral student at Stanford,
and later as a researcher at Sandia National Laboratories and NASA Ames Research
Center, Dr. Ochoa investigated optical systems for performing information
processing. She is a co-inventor on three patents for an optical inspection
system, an optical object recognition method, and a method for noise removal in
images. As Chief of the Intelligent Systems Technology Branch at Ames, she
supervised 35 engineers and scientists in the research and development of
computational systems for aerospace missions. Dr. Ochoa has presented numerous
papers at technical conferences and in scientific journals.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Ochoa became an
astronaut in July 1991. Her technical assignments in the Astronaut Office
include serving as the Crew Representative for flight software, computer
hardware and robotics, Assistant for Space Station to the Chief of the Astronaut
Office, lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control, Acting Deputy
Chief of the Astronaut Office, Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, and
Director, Flight Crew Operations, where she managed and directed the Astronaut
Office and Aircraft Operations. A veteran of four space flights, Dr. Ochoa has
logged over 978 hours in space. She was a mission specialist on STS-56 (1993),
was the Payload Commander on STS-66 (1994), and was a mission specialist and
flight engineer on STS-96 (1999) and STS-110 (2002). Dr. Ochoa currently serves
as Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-56 ATLAS-2
Discovery (April 4-17, 1993) was a 9-day mission during which the crew conducted
atmospheric and solar studies in order to better understand the effect of solar
activity on the Earth's climate and environment. Dr. Ochoa used the Remote
Manipulator System (RMS) robotic arm to deploy and capture the Spartan
satellite, which studied the solar corona.
Dr. Ochoa was the Payload Commander on the STS-66
Atlantis Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science-3 mission (November
3-14, 1994). ATLAS-3 continued the series of Spacelab flights to study the
energy of the sun during an 11-year solar cycle and to learn how changes in the
sun's irradiance affect the earth's climate and environment. Dr. Ochoa used
the RMS to retrieve the CRISTA-SPAS atmospheric research satellite at the end of
its 8-day free flight.
STS-96 Discovery (May 27 to June 6, 1999) was a 10-day
mission during which the crew performed the first docking to the International
Space Station, and delivered 4 tons of logistics and supplies in preparation for
the arrival of the first crew to live on the station. Dr. Ochoa coordinated the
transfer of supplies and also operated the RMS during the 8-hour spacewalk.
STS-110 Atlantis (April 8-19, 2002) was the 13th space
shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. Milestones during the
11-day mission included: the delivery and installation of the S0 (S-Zero) Truss;
the first time the station's robotic arm was used to maneuver spacewalkers
around the station; and the first time that all of a space shuttle crew's
spacewalks were based from the station's Quest Airlock. Dr. Ochoa, along with
Expedition 4 crewmembers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz, operated the station's
robotic arm to install S0, and to move crewmembers during three of the four
CAPTAIN KENT V. ROMINGER
Born: August 7, 1956 in Del Norte, Colorado
Kent V. Rominger (Captain, U.S. Navy, Retired)
NASA ASTRONAUT (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born August 7, 1956, in Del Norte, Colorado. Married
to the former Mary Sue Rule. They have one child. He enjoys snow skiing, water
skiing, horseback riding, and running. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. R. Vernon
Rominger, reside in Del Norte, Colorado. Her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Delbert
Rule, of Durango, Colorado, are deceased.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Del Norte High School, Del Norte,
Colorado, in 1974; received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering
from Colorado State University in 1978; a master of science degree in
aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in
ORGANIZATIONS: Association of Space Explorers, Society of
Experimental Test Pilots, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Association of Naval Aviation, and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering
SPECIAL HONORS: Defense Superior Service Medal. Distinguished Flying
Cross. Defense Meritorious Service Medal. NASA Distinguished Service Medal.
Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee (2000). Distinguished Graduate, U.S.
Naval Test Pilot School. Naval Air Test Center Test Pilot of the Year (1988).
Society of Experimental Test Pilots Ray E. Tenhoff Award (1990) and Jack
Northrop Award (1996). Colorado State University Distinguished Service Award
(1997). West Coast Tomcat Fighter Pilot of the Year (1992). Top Ten Carrier
Landing Distinction in Airwings Two and Nine.
EXPERIENCE: Rominger received his commission through the Aviation
Reserve Officer Candidate (AVROC) Program in 1979, and was designated a Naval
Aviator in September 1980. Following training in the F-14 Tomcat, he was
assigned to Fighter Squadron Two (VF-2) from October 1981 to January 1985 aboard
the USS Ranger and USS Kitty Hawk. While assigned to VF-2 Rominger attended the
Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun). In 1987 he completed the Naval
Postgraduate School/Test Pilot School Cooperative Program, and was assigned as
F-14 Project Officer to the Carrier Suitability Branch of the Strike Aircraft
Test Directorate at Patuxent River, Maryland. During his tour of duty Rominger
completed the initial carrier suitability sea trials of the F-14B, logging the
first aircraft carrier arrestment and catapult launch in the upgraded Tomcat. In
September 1990 he reported to Fighter Squadron Two Hundred Eleven (VF-211) where
he served as Operations Officer and completed a Desert Storm Deployment to the
Arabian Gulf aboard USS Nimitz.
He has logged over 7,000 flying hours in over 35 types of aircraft and 685
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in March 1992, Rominger reported
to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He completed one year of training
and is qualified for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews.
Rominger was initially assigned to work technical issues for the Astronaut
Office Operations Development Branch. He also served as Chief of the Astronaut
Office Shuttle Operations Branch, Deputy Director, Flight Crew Operations, and
Chief of the Astronaut Corps. .A veteran of five space flights, Rominger logged
over 1,600 hours in space. He flew as pilot on STS-73 (1995), STS-80 (1996) and
STS-85 (1997), and was the crew commander on STS-96 (1999) and STS-100 (2001).
In April 2005 he retired from the Navy. Rominger retired from NASA in September
2006 to accept a position with ATK Launch Systems, Utah.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-73 Columbia (October 20 to
November 5, 1995) was the second United States Microgravity Laboratory mission.
The mission focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, the
physics of fluids, and numerous scientific experiments housed in the pressurized
Spacelab module. In completing his first space flight, Rominger orbited the
earth 256 times, traveled over 6 million miles, and logged a total of 15 days,
21 hours, and 52 minutes in space.
STS-80 Columbia (November 19 to December 7, 1996) was a 17-day
mission during which the crew deployed and retrieved the Wake Shield Facility
(WSF) and the Orbiting Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer
(ORFEUS) satellites. The free-flying WSF created a super vacuum in its wake and
grew thin film wafers for use in semiconductors and other high-tech electrical
components. The ORFEUS instruments, mounted on the reusable Shuttle Pallet
Satellite, studied the origin and makeup of stars. In completing his second
space flight, Rominger orbited the earth a record 278 times, traveled over 7
million miles and logged 17 days, 15 hours and 53 minutes in space.
STS-85 Discovery (August 7-19, 1997) was a 12-day mission during
which the crew deployed and retrieved the CRISTA-SPAS satellite, operated the
Japanese Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD) robotic arm, studied changes in
the Earths atmosphere and tested technology destined for use on the future
International Space Station. The mission was accomplished in 189 Earth orbits,
traveling 4.7 million miles in 11 days, 20 hours and 27 minutes.
STS-96 Discovery (May 27 to June 6, 1999) was a 10-day mission
during which the crew delivered 4 tons of logistics and supplies to the
International Space Station in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to
live on the station. The mission included the first docking of a Space Shuttle
to the International Space Station and was accomplished in 153 Earth orbits,
traveling 4 million miles in 9 days, 19 hours and 13 minutes.
STS-100 Endeavour (April 19 to May 1, 2001) was a 12-day mission
during which the crew installed the Canadian-built Robotic Arm and the
Rafaello Logistics Module to the International Space Station.
Endeavour was docked 8-days on the most complex robotics flight in the
history of the Space Shuttle program and was made up of a very diverse
international crew, representing the United States, Russia, Canada and Italy.
The mission was completed in 187 Earth orbits, traveling 4.9 million miles in 11
days, 21 hours and 30 minutes.
2012 Here I Stand (Other), 2002 Space Station 3D (in person)