Michael Eladio LOPEZ-ALEGRIA
U.S. Naval Captain
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born May 30, 1958, in Madrid, Spain, but considers Madrid and Mission Viejo, California,
his hometowns where he grew up.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Mission Viejo High School, Mission Viejo, California, in 1976. In1980 he received a bachelor
of science degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; and a master of science degree in aeronautical
engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1988. Graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of
Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. Speaks Spanish, French and Russian.
FAMILY STATUS: Married to the former Daria Robinson of Geneva, Switzerland. They have one son.
Member, Association of Naval Aviation, Society of Experimental
Test Pilots, and Association of Space Explorers.
HOBBY: Enjoys sports, traveling and cooking, and is interested
in national and international political, economic and security
On September 4, 1981 following flight training, Lopez-Alegria
was designated a Naval Aviator. He served as a flight
instructor in Pensacola, Florida, until March 1983 and
then he was assigned to the Naval Operational Electronic
Reconnaissance Squadron in Rothe, Spain. There he served
as a pilot and mission commander of EP-3E aircraft, performing flight tasks over the Mediterranean
Sea, North Atlantic, Baltic Sea and Central America.
In 1986-1988 he studied under a two-year cooperative program
between the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California,
and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River,
From 1988 to the selection to NASA Astronaut Corps he served
as a test pilot and program manager at the Naval Air Test
Center. He has logged more than 5,000 flight hours in over
30 different aircraft types.
In March 1992 he was selected as NASA astronaut candidate.
In 1993 following a one-year course of training at Johnson
Space Center he was qualified as a flight specialist and
was assigned to the Astronaut Office where be was responsible
for technical interaction with different Space Shuttle
project subdivisions. Later he was assigned to the Kennedy
Space Center where he provided crew representation on orbiter
processing issues and support during launches and landings.
He performed three space flights of the
total duration of 42 days 14 hr 22min 27 s; during these
flights he performed five EVAs of the
total duration of 33 hr 58 min.
He performed the first space flight from
October 20 to November 5, 1995 as a flight specialist of
the Columbia Orbiter (STS-73); onboard this Orbiter the
second United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2) was
The flight duration was 15 days 21 hr 52 min 21 s.
After the first space flight ht served as NASA Director
of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center,
Star City, Russia.
He performed the second space flight on
October 11-24, 2000 as a flight specialist of the Discovery
Orbiter (STS-92). The flight duration was 12 days 21 hr
42 min 41s. The main flight task was the Z1 Truss and Pressurized
Mating Adapter 3 delivery to the International Space Station.
During the flight Lopez-Alegria performed two EVAs of the
total duration of 14 hours and 3 minutes.
After his second space flight he led the newly formed ISS
Crew Operations branch of the Astronaut Office.
He performed the third space flight from
November 23 to December 7, 2002 as a flight specialist
of the Endeavour Orbiter (STS-113). The flight duration
was 13 days 18 hr 47 min 25s. The main flight task was
the delivery of the Expedition-Six (ISS-6) crew, the P1
Truss section, science hardware and cargoes to the ISS
and return of the Expedition-Five (ISS-5) crew to the Earth
as well. During the flight he performed three EVAs of the
total duration of 19 hours and 55 minutes.
Upon completion of his third space flight he was assigned
as the technical assistant to JSC’s EVA Office.
He is currently training within the ISS-14 prime crew as
commander and NASA scientist for a space flight.
Based on data of Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, NASA, USA.