Edward Tsang LU
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,
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, 1989.
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,