Sandra Hall MAGNUS
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
October 30, 1964 in Belleville.
Graduated from the Belleville West High School in 1982;
received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the
University of Missouri in Rolla in 1986; received a master
of science degree (electrical engineering) from the same
University in 1990.
She received a Doctor of Sciences at School of Material
Science and Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Football, reading, aquatic sports and travelling.
From 1986 to 1991 she worked as an engineer at the McDonnel Douglas Aircraft company and was engaged on research in the field of development of the spacecraft antiradar coating (the Stealth technology). She was also involved in the development of the propulsion system for U.S. naval attack fighter A-12 (up to this program closing).
From 1991 to 1996 she worked on a thesis for a Doctor's degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a scholarship holder of NASA-Lewis Research Center.
On May 1, 1996 she was selected as a candidate for NASA astronauts. Upon leaving a two-year training course she was qualified as a mission specialist and assigned to Payloads/Habitability Branch at the Astronaut Office, NASA.
In May 1998 Sandra Hall Magnus joined the so-called Russian Crusader, NASA, which was engaged in solution of problems related to the mutual compatibility of the U.S. and Russian equipment. On August 17, 2001 she was assigned to the crew for STS-112 as mission specialist-2 (MS-2).
She performed her first space flight on October 7-18, 2002 as a mission specialist of STS-112 Atlantis shuttle. The main objective of the mission was the following: the truss S1 section and consumables delivery and installation on the ISS. The flight duration was 10 days 19 hours 58 min 44 s.
From January 29-31, 2006 within the agreed crew, together with Oleg Artemiev and Michael Barrat, she took part in a two-day examination for the ability to survive in uninhabited area in case of the descent vehicle emergency landing. She passed this examination in the forest near Moscow.
Early in June 2006 by the joint decision of Roskosmos and NASA she entered the ISS-15/ISS-16 backup crew.
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision she was assigned as a flight engineer of the prime crew for Expedition-17 to the ISS (ISS-17). In summer 2007 she was transferred to Expedition-18.
On November 15, 2008 she began to perform the second space flight as a mission specialist in STS-126 Endevour shuttle crew and flight engineer-2 for the ISS-18 Expedition. The main objective of the mission was to reequip the ISS using MPLP Leonardo, perform of operations for the ISS servicing on the external surface of U.S. Segment, provide rotation of flight engineer-2, U.S. astronaut Gregory Chamitoff onboard the ISS.
Based on data of site astronaut.ru.