NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: August 28, 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
USA, but considers Danville, California, to be his hometown.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Monte Vista High School, Danville,
California, in 1978; received a bachelor of science degree
in chemical engineering from the University of California,
Berkeley, in 1983, and a master of science degree and a
doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of
California, Santa Barbara, in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
FAMILY STATUS: Single.
AWARDS: Space Flight Medals, NASA (1994, 1996, 2000).
HOBBY: He is an amateur pilot, has a license to be an instrument-rated
pilot and logged over 2000 flight hours in a variety of
aircraft. He enjoys basketball and skiing.
From 1987 to 1989 Dr. Chiao worked for the Hexcel Corporation
in Dublin, California; he was involved in the development
and engineering research on the advanced aerospace materials.
In January 1989 he joined the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory in Livermore, California, where he was engaged
in the research on the development of composite materials.
In January 1990 he was selected by NASA as an astronaut
In July 1991 he passed a course of general space training
and was qualified as a mission specialist.
He was engaged in the Space Shuttle flight software verification
in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL), worked
as Chief of the Astronaut Office EVA Branch. He is a veteran
of three space flights and has logged a total of 36 days,
13 hours, 39 minutes in space, including four space walks
of the total duration of 1 day, 2 hours, 18 minutes.
On July 8-23, 1994 he performed his first flight
as a mission specialist of the Columbia Shuttle (STS-65)
with the second International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2)
onboard. The flight duration was 14 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes,
it set a new flight record for the Space Shuttle program
at that time. The biomedical and life sciences research
in microgravity was the main flight task.
On January 11-20, 1996 he performed the second flight
as a mission specialist of the Endeavour Shuttle (STS-72).
During this mission the crew retrieved the Japanese Space
Flyer Unit launched 10 months earlier by the Japanese launch
vehicle H-2, and also deployed and in two days of the autonomous
flight retrieved the OAST-Flyer with the scientific equipment.
In this flight Dr. Chiao performed two space walks of the
total duration of 13 hours, 2 minutes. During these space
walks the following was evaluated: tools, hardware and also
techniques to be used in the assembly of the International
Space Station. The flight duration was 8 days, 22 hours,
On October 11-24, 2000 he performed the third flight
as a mission specialist onboard the Discovery Shuttle (STS-92).
The main flight task was to deliver and assemble the Z1
Truss and Pressurized Mating Adapter PMA-3 on the International
Space Station. In this flight he performed two space walks
of the total duration of 13 hours, 16 minutes. The Discovery
crew prepared the ISS for arrival of the first long-duration
expedition. The flight duration was 12 days, 21 hours, 43
Presently he is training for a space flight in the ISS-9
backup crew as flight engineer and science officer.
Based on the data of Lindon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA,