|COLONEL JAMES F. BUCHLI|
Born: June 20, 1945 in New Rockford, North Dakota
James F. Buchli (Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, Retired)
NASA Astronaut (Former)
PERSONAL DATA: Born June 20, 1945, in New
Rockford, North Dakota, but also considers Fargo, North Dakota, as his hometown.
Married to the former Jean Oliver of Pensacola, Florida. Two grown children.
Recreational interests include skiing, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and
racquetball. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Buchli, reside in Fargo, North
Dakota. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Oliver, reside in Pensacola,
EDUCATION: Graduated from Fargo Central High
School, Fargo, North Dakota, in 1963; received a bachelor of science degree in
Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1967 and a
master of science degree in Aeronautical Engineering Systems from the University
of West Florida in 1975.
ORGANIZATIONS: Associate member of Naval
Academy Alumni, American Legion, Association of Space Explorers, and American
SPECIAL HONORS: Recipient of the Defense
Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four NASA
Space Flight Medals, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Distinguished Service
Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon,
Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Citation, and
a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with the Silver Star.
EXPERIENCE: Buchli received his commission in
the United States Marine Corps following graduation from the United States Naval
Academy at Annapolis in 1967. He graduated from U.S. Marine Corps Basic Infantry
Course and was subsequently sent to the Republic of Vietnam for a 1-year tour of
duty, where he served as Platoon Commander, 9th Marine Regiment, and then as
Company Commander and Executive Officer, "B" Company, 3rd Company, 3rd
Reconnaissance Battalion. He returned to the United States in 1969 for naval
flight officer training at Pensacola, Florida, and spent the next 2 years
assigned to Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 122, at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and
Iwakuni, Japan; and in 1973, he proceeded to duty with Marine Fighter/Attack
Squadron 115 at Namphong, Thailand, and Iwakuni, Japan. Upon completing this
tour of duty, he again returned to the United States and participated in the
Marine Advanced Degree Program at the University of West Florida. He was
assigned subsequently to Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron 312 at the Marine Corps
Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina, and in 1977, to the U.S. Test Pilot
School, Patuxent River, Maryland.
He has logged over 4,200 hours flying time -- 4,000
hours in jet aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Buchli became a NASA astronaut
in August 1979. He was a member of the support crew for STS-1 and STS-2, and
On-Orbit CAPCOM for STS-2. A veteran of four space flights, Buchli has orbited
the earth 319 times, traveling 7.74 million miles in 20 days, 10 hours, 25
minutes, 32 seconds. He served as a mission specialist on STS-51C (January
24-27, 1995), STS-61A (October 30 to November 6, 1985), STS-29 (March 13-18,
1989), and STS-48 (Sep 12-18, 1991). From March 1989 till May 1992 he also
served as Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office.
On 1 September 1992 Buchli retired from the U.S. Marine
Corps and the NASA Astronaut Office to accept a position as Manager, Space
Station Systems Operations and Requirements with Boeing Defense and Space Group,
Huntsville, Alabama. In April 1993, he was reassigned as Boeing Deputy for
Payload Operations, Space Station Freedom Program. Buchli currently serves as
Operations & Utilization Manager for Space Station, Boeing Defense and Space
Group, Houston, Texas.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS 51-C Discovery, was the first dedicated Department of
Defense mission. Launched January 24, 1985, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida,
STS-51C performed its DOD mission which included deployment of a modified
Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) vehicle from the Space Shuttle. Landing occurred on
January 27, 1985, after slightly more than three days on orbit. Mission duration
was 73 hours, 33 minutes, 27 seconds.
STS-61A Challenger (October
30 to Novenber 6, 1985) was a West German D-1 Spacelab mission, the first to
carry eight crew members, the largest crew to fly in space, and the first in
which payload activities were controlled from outside the United States. More
than 75 scientific experiments were completed in the areas of physiological
sciences, materials processing, biology, and navigation. Mission duration was
168 hours, 44 minutes, 51 seconds.
STS-29 Discovery (March
13-18, 1989) was a highly successful five day mission during which the crew
deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, and performed numerous secondary
experiments, including a space station "heat pipe" radiator experiment, two
student experiments, a protein crystal growth experiment, and a chromosome and
plant cell division experiment. In addition, the crew took over 3,000
photographs of the earth using several types of cameras, including the IMAX 70
mm movie camera. Mission duration was 119 hours, 39 minutes, 40 seconds.
STS-48 Discovery (September
12-18, 1991) was a five day mission during which the crew deployed the Upper
Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) designed to provide scientists with their
first complete data set on the upper atmosphere's chemistry, winds and energy
inputs. The crew also conducted numerous secondary experiments ranging from
growing protein crystals, to studying how fluids and structures react in
weightlessness. Mission duration was 128 hours, 27 minutes; 34