astronaut and a veteran of a six month stay aboard the
International Space Station. I am married with two children
born (1955) and raised in Silverton, Oregon.
After graduating from Silverton Union High School, I earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University in
1978 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in
1983. After graduate school I worked as a staff scientist at the
Los Alamos National Laboratory
where I worked on reduced gravity fluid
flow and materials processing experiments on board the NASA KC-135
airplane, atmospheric spectroscopy on noctilucent clouds seeded from
sounding rockets, fumarole gas sampling from volcanoes, and problems in
detonation physics. I was also was a member of the Synthesis Group,
slated with assembling the technology to return to the moon and explore
Mars (1990), and the Space Station Freedom Redesign Team (1993).
In 1996 I was selected as an astronaut candidate and after
two years of training at the Johnson Space Center became a NASA Mission
Specialist. As an astronaut I participated in Expedition-6, Nov. 23,
2002 to May 3, 2003 and was NASA International Space Station (ISS) Science
Officer aboard the International Space Station, logging over 161 days in
space, including over 13 EVA hours. During 5-1/2 months aboard the
International Space Station, the crew worked with numerous U.S. and
Russian science experiments. Along with the mission commander Ken Bowersox
we performed 2 EVAs (spacewalks) to continue the external outfitting of
the orbital outpost. The Expedition-6 crew launched on STS-113 Space
Shuttle Endeavour and returned to Earth on
While on the ISS I did most of the astro-imaging.
November 2002) --- The Expedition Six crewmembers, wearing Russian Sokol
suits, pose for a crew photo in the functional cargo block (FGB), or Zarya,
on the International Space Station (ISS). Pictured are astronaut Donald R.
Pettit (front), NASA ISS science officer; cosmonaut Nikolai M. Budarin
(left back), flight engineer; and astronaut Kenneth D. Bowersox, mission