ISS Flight Engineer,
Soyuz TMA TSC Flight Engineer,
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH :
Born on April 16, 1959 in Vancouver, Washington, USA but considers
Camas, Washington, to be his home town. His parents, Joseph and Donna Barratt,
reside in Camas, Washington.
Graduated from Camas High School, Camas, WA, 1977.
In 1981 he received a bachelor degree in zoology, University of Washington.
In 1985 he received M.D., Northwestern University where he was on a special
course in Internal Medicine from 1985 to 1988. In 1988-1989 he was a Chief
specialist at Veterans Hospital in Chicago. In 1989-1991 he was on a special
course and certified in Aerospace Medicine, Wright State University.
FAMILY STATUS: Married to Michelle Lynne Sasynuik; they have five children.
HOBBY: Has a license of an amateur pilot. He is keen on underwater swimming,
ship restoration, sailing yachting, aikido.
From May 1991 to July 1992 he worked at JSC in Life Sciences Office
and served on the Health Maintenance Facility Project related to the Hyperbaric
and Respiratory Subsystems for Space Station Freedom.
From July 1992 to January 1994 he worked as Surgeon in Space Shuttle
Medical Operations Office.
Since January 1994 he worded under the joint US/Russian space program.
For 12 months he worked at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in support
of the Mir-18/STS-71 mission.
From July 1995 through July 1998, he served as Medical Operations Lead
for the International Space Station. He was responsible for agreement of
medical requirements and standards for all ISS partners, development of
the medical equipment requirements for the ISS. A frequent traveler to
Russia, he worked jointly with colleagues at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training
Center and Institute of Biomedical Problems.
From July 1998 until selected as an astronaut candidate, Barratt served
as lead crew surgeon for the first expedition crew to ISS.
On July 26, 2000 he was selected as a candidate for astronaut team-18,
NASA. He passed a course of general space training, got qualification as
a mission specialist and was assigned in the Astronaut Office Station Operations
On January 29-31, 2006 he within the preliminary crew together with
Oleg Artemiev and Sandra Magnus took part in a two-day test to survive
in the deserted area in case of the descent vehicle emergency landing.
The test passed in the forest near Moscow.
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision he was approved as a backup flight
engineer for Expedition-18 to the ISS (ISS-18) and the Soyuz-TMA-13 spacecraft.
On September 18-19, 2008 Michael Reed Barrat together with Gennady
Padalka passed preflight tests with excellent marks at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center. On October 12, 2008 during the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft
launch he was the spacecraft flight engineer backup.
By data of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA
and site www.astronaut.ru.