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Christopher John CASSIDY
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
January 4, 1970 in Salem, Massachusetts.
Graduated from York High School, Maine.
In 1993 he received a Bachelor of science degree in mathematics, U.S. Naval Academy.
In 2000 he received a Master of science degree in ocean engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
FAMILY STATUS: married.
His wife is Julie Bird. They have three children.
Awarded two Bronze Star Medals for combat leadership service in Afghanistan, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.
In 1993 Christopher Cassidy was enlisted in the U.S. Naval Forces and for ten years he served as a member of the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams.
He was SEAL Delivery Vehicle Platoon Commander at SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO in Norfolk and accumulated over 200 hours underwater as Pilot/Navigator/Mission Commander of a 2-man flooded submersible (SDV) which is launched and recovered from a host-ship submarine.
By the time of his enlistment in the Team Cassidy returned from the second business trip to Afghanistan where he served as Commander of a special marine detachment.
On May 6, 2004 he was enlisted in the Astronaut Corps, NASA, the 19-th selection, as a candidate for the mission specialists.
From June 2004 to February 2006 he passed training at Johnson Space Center. On February 10, 2006 upon completion of his training Cassidy was qualified as a mission specialist and assigned to the ISS Control Branch of the Astronaut Office, Johnson Space Center. Simultaneously he served as CAPCOM in Mission Control.
In January 2008 it was reported that he was assigned as a mission specialist to the Endeavour Shuttle crew under the program of STS-127. On February 12, 2008 NASA officially announced of his assignment to this crew.
Cassidy performed his first spaceflight on July 15-31, 2009 as a mission specialist of the Endeavour Shuttle, STS-127.
The flight objective was to deliver the third block of the KIBO Japanese Experiment Module, provide rotation of one crewmember of the International Space Station, perform operations for the ISS servicing and outfitting at the external surface of the USOS, return the equipment and deliver the results of the experiments conducted onboard the ISS to the ground.
During the flight Cassidy performed three spacewalks of the duration of 5 hr 59 min on July 22; 7 hr 12 min on July 24 and 4 hr 54 min on July 26.
The mission duration was 15 days 16 hours 45 min.
On December 5, 2010 it was reported that Cassidy was assigned a flight engineer to the prime crew of the ISS-35/36 Expedition. Simultaneously this crew members (besides Cassidy there are Pavel Vinogradov and Aleksandr Misurkin in this crew) will be backups of the Soyuz TMA-06M crew.
On February 18, 2011 his assignment to the Soyuz TMA-08M crew was confirmed in NASA 11-044 press release.
On August 18, 2011 Cassidy within the 4-th preliminary crew together with Pavel Vinogradov and Aleksandr Misurkin took part in "sea" trainings at MES Training Center near Noginsk. The crew tested the descent vehicle escape in spacesuits (without donning) during the limited time, water landing and evacuation.
Based on data of sites www.astronaut.ru and www.nasa.gov.