Colin Michael FOALE
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born January 6, 1957, in
Louth, England, but considers Cambridge, England, to be
his hometown. Citizen of USA and Great Britain. His parents,
Colin and Mary Foale, reside in Cambridge, England.
Graduated from Kings School, Canterbury, England, in 1975.
Received a bachelor of arts degree in Physics at the University
of Cambridge, Queens' College in 1978 and then a doctorate
in Astrophysics Laboratory at Cambridge University in 1982.
FAMILY STATUS: Married to the former Rhonda R. Butler of
Loisville, Kentucky; he has two children.
HONOURS: NASA Medals for Space Mission (1992, 1993, 1995,
HOBBY: Wind surfing, flying, gliding, underwater swimming,
To participate in the implementation of the U.S. Space Program
Foale moves to Houston, Texas, where he works on Space Shuttle
navigation problems at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Corporation.
In June 1983 Foale joined NASA Johnson Space Center in the
payload operations department.
In June 1987 he was selected as an astronaut candidate by
From August 1987 to August 1988 he passed a course of general
space training and was qualified as a mission specialist.
He is a veteran of five space flights and has logged altogether
178 days 23 r 44 in 15 s including three space walks of
the total duration: 18 hr 49 min.
In the first mission from March 24 to April 2, 1992
he was a mission specialist of Atlantis (STS-45) with ATLAS-1
laboratory; the mission duration was 8 days 22 hr 9 min
28 s. The main mission objective was to conduct the Earth
In the second mission from April 9-17, 1993 he was
a mission specialist of Discovery (STS-56) with ATLAS-2
laboratory and SPARTAN satellite for observation of the
solar corona. The mission duration was 9 days 6 hr 8 min
In the third mission from February 3-11, 1995 he
was a mission specialist onboard Discovery (STS-63); it
was the first rendezvous (up to 10 m) of STS-63 with the
Russian Space Station Mir. During the mission he made a
space walk lasting 4 hr 39 min. The mission duration was
8 days 6 hr 28 min 15 s.
The forth mission: he was launched into space on
May 15, 1997 as a mission specialist of Atlantis (STS-84).
From May 17 to October 3 he worked onboard the Russian Space
Station Mir as flight engineer-2 of EC-23 together with
the Russian cosmonauts. He worked together with A. Soloviev
inside the Spektr depressurized module and spent in space
for about 6 hours. He returned to the Earth by the Atlantis
Shuttle (STS-86) on October 6, 1997. The duration of staying
in space was 144 days 13 hr 47 min 21 s.
In the fifth mission from December 20-28, 1999 he
was a mission specialist of Discovery (STS-103).The mission
duration was 7 days 23 hr 10 min 47 s. The main mission
objective was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. During
the mission he made a space walk lasting 8 hr 10 min.
He trained for a space mission within ISS-7 backup crew
as a flight engineer.
Foale is currently training for a space mission within ISS-8
expedition crew as the commander.
By the data of Lindon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA,