Edward Michael FINCKE
Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force,
NASA Astronaut, USA
BIRTH DATA AND PLACE: March 14, 1967, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
USA, but considers Emsworth, Pennsylvania to be his hometown.
His parents, Edward and Alma Fincke, reside in Emsworth,
In 1985 Fincke graduated from Sewickley Academy, Sewickly,
In 1989, being an Air Force ROTC scholarship student, he
completed the studies at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT) and received a bachelor of science degree
in aeronautics and astronautics; as well as in earth, atmospheric
and planetary sciences.
In 1990 Fincke received a master of science degree in aeronautics
and astronautics from Stanford University, and the second
master of science degree in physical sciences (planetary
geology) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake in 2001.
MARITAL STATUS: married to Renita Saikia, has one child.
ORGANIZATIONS: Geological Society of America (GSA).
Recipient of two United States Air Force Commendation Medals,
the Unites States Air Force Achievement Medal and various
unit and service awards.
Distinguished graduate from the Unites States Air Force
ROTC, Squadron Officer School and Test Pilot School Programs.
Recipient of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School
Colonel Ray Jones Award as the top flight test engineer/flight
HOBBIES: hiking, flying, travel, Geology, Astronomy, reading
and learning new languages (conversant in Japanese and Russian).
Upon graduation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), Robinson attended an exchange program with Moscow
Aviation Institute where he studied Cosmonautics. Upon completion
of the Stanford University in 1990, Fincke entered the United
States Air force where he was assigned to the Air Force
Space and Missiles Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force
Base, California. There he served as a space systems engineer
and a space test engineer. In 1994, upon completion of the
United States Air force Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force
Base, California, Fincke was assigned to the 39th Flight
Test Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he served
as a flight test engineer working on a variety of test programs,
as well as flying the F-16 and F-15 aircraft. He has over
800 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft types
Fincke was selected as NASA candidate astronaut in April
1996. Having completed two years of training, he was assigned
technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations
Branch serving as an International Space Station Spacecraft
Communicator (ISS CAPCOM), a member of the Crew Test Support
Team in Russia and as the ISS crew procedures team lead.
In July 1999, he was assigned as backup crewmember for the
International Space Station Expedition 4 crew.
Presently he is training for a space flight in the ISS-9
prime crew as flight engineer and science officer.
Based on NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center materials (USA).