ISS Flight Engineer-2
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
October 30, 1964 in Belleville
Graduated from the Belleville West High School in 1982; received a
bachelor of science degree in physics from the University of Missouri in
Rolla in 1986; received a master of science degree (electrical engineering)
from the same University in 1990.
She received a Doctor of Sciences at School of Material Science and
Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996.
Football, reading, aquatic sports and travelling.
From 1986 to 1991 she worked as an engineer at the McDonnel Douglas
Aircraft company and was engaged on research in the field of development
of the spacecraft antiradar coating (the Stealth technology). She was also
involved in the development of the propulsion system for U.S. naval attack
fighter A-12 (up to this program closing).
From 1991 to 1996 she worked on a thesis for a Doctor's degree at the
Georgia Institute of Technology as a scholarship holder of NASA-Lewis Research
On May 1, 1996 she was selected as a candidate for NASA astronauts.
Upon leaving a two-year training course she was qualified as a mission
specialist and assigned to Payloads/Habitability Branch at the Astronaut
In May 1998 Sandra Hall Magnus joined the so-called Russian Crusader,
NASA, which was engaged in solution of problems related to the mutual compatibility
of the U.S. and Russian equipment. On August 17, 2001 she was assigned
to the crew for STS-112 as mission specialist-2 (MS-2).
She performed her first space flight on October 7-18, 2002 as a mission
specialist of STS-112 Atlantis shuttle. The main objective of the mission
was the following: the truss S1 section and consumables delivery and installation
on the ISS. The flight duration was 10 days 19 hours 58 min 44 s. From
January 29-31, 2006 within the agreed crew, together with Oleg Artemiev
and Michael Barrat, she took part in a two-day examination for the ability
to survive in uninhabited area in case of the descent vehicle emergency
landing. She passed this examination in the forest near Moscow. Early in
June 2006 by the joint decision of Roskosmos and NASA she entered the ISS-15/ISS-16
backup crew. On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision she was assigned as
a flight engineer of the prime crew for Expedition-17 to the ISS (ISS-17).
In summer 2007 she was transferred to Expedition-18.
On November 15, 2008 she began to perform the second space flight as
a mission specialist in STS-126 Endevour shuttle crew and flight engineer-2
for the ISS-18 Expedition. The main objective of the mission was to reequip
the ISS using MPLP Leonardo, perform of operations for the ISS servicing
on the external surface of U.S. Segment, provide rotation of flight engineer-2,
U.S. astronaut Gregory Chamitoff onboard the ISS.
Based on data of site astronaut.ru.