Flight Engineer of the ISS
Flight Engineer of the Soyuz TMA Spacecraft
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born July 1, 1963, in Springfield, Massachusetts,
USA. Considers Honolulu, Hawaii and Webster, New York, to be his hometowns.
His parents, Charlie and Snowlily Lu, reside in Fremont, California.
EDUCATION: Graduated from R.L. Thomas High School, Webster, New York,
in 1980. Bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell
University, 1984. Doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University,
FAMILY STATUS: Unmarried.
HONOURS: NASA Medals for Space Mission (1997, 2000)
HOBBY: Air acrobatics, playing the piano, tennis, surfing, skiing, travelling;
he is a coach in wrestling.
From 1989 until 1992 he was engaged in scientific research in the field
of solar physics and astrophysics at the Observatory in Boulder, Colorado,
in this case in 1992 he worked concurrently at the Integrated Institute
for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of Colorado.
In 1992 - 1995 he continued his education at the Institute for Astronomy
in Honolulu, Hawaii. Participated in a number of theoretical elaborations
in the field of basic physics research of solar flares.
Selected by NASA as a candidate for astronauts in December 1994, arrived
at the Johnson Space Center in March 1995, where he passed a one-year course
of training and was qualified as a mission specialist.
He performed the first space mission on May 15-24, 1997 as a mission
specialist of Atlantis (STS-84). The main mission objective was to dock
and work onboard the Russian Space Station Mir. The mission duration was
9 days 5 hr 19 min 56 s.
He performed the second space mission from September 8-20, 2000 as
a mission specialist of Atlantis (STS-106). The main mission objective
was to deliver cargoes onboard the International Space Station and prepare
it for the arrival of the first permanent crew. During the mission he performed
a space walk lasting 6 hr 14 min. The mission duration was 11 days 19 hr
11 min 1 s.
Presently he is training for a space mission within ISS-7 prime crew
as a flight engineer.
By the data of Lindon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.