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Karen Lujean NYBERG

NASA Astronaut, USA

DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born on October 7, 1969 in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota. She considers Vining, Minnesota, her hometown.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Henning Public High School, Henning, Minnesota, 1988.
Received B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of North Dakota, 1994.
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1996. Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

FAMILY STATUS: married.
Husband: Douglas Hurley, NASA Astronaut.

HOBBY:
Running, hiking, volley-ball, piano, sewing.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Her graduate research was performed at the Austin BioHeat Transfer Laboratory where she investigated human thermoregulation and experimental metabolic testing and control, specifically related to the control of thermal neutrality in space suits.
From 1991 to 1995 she worked at Johnson Space Center in a variety of areas.
In 1998 Karen Nyberg accepted a position with the Crew and Thermal Systems Division, working as an Environmental Control Systems Engineer, JSC. Her first work was related to the development of the improved space suit thermal control systems and evaluation of the fire-fighter suit cooling technologies.
She participated in the development of the ventilation system for TransHab Module, life-support systems and the environmental parameter monitoring system for X-38 vehicle as well as the temperature monitoring and control systems for the Mars automatic stations and the collapsible hyperbaric chambers.

On July 26, 2000 Karen Nyberg was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate (the 18-th selection) for training as a Mission Specialist. She passed a course of general space training. Having completed her training, she was qualified as a Mission Specialist and assigned to the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch.
On March 24, 2007 it was reported that she was assigned as a Mission Specialist to the Shuttle crew (a flight under the STS-124 program). The flight objectives were to deliver the Pressurized Module and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System of the Kibo Module to the ISS.

Karen Nyberg performed her first spaceflight at a period of May 31 - June 14, 2008 as a Mission Specialist in the Discovery Shuttle crew (STS-124).
The Mission duration was 13 days 18 hours 13 min.

On May 6, 2009 it was reported that she was assigned as a Shuttle Mission Specialist (a flight under the STS-132 program). However on August 11, 2009 in NASA press release No. 09-187 it was reported that because of some medical problems in the crew she will be replaced by astronaut Michael Good.
On December 5, 2010 it was reported that Karen Nyberg was assigned a flight engineer to the prime crew of the ISS-36/37 Expedition (launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-09M vehicle). At the same time these crewmembers (besides Karen Nyberg there are Maksim Suraev and Luca Parmitano in this crew) will be backups of the Soyuz TMA-07M vehicle crew. On February 18, 2011 her assignment to the Soyuz TMA-09M vehicle crew was confirmed in NASA press release 11-044.
On August 18, 2011 Karen Nyberg together with Maksim Suraev and Luca Parmitano within the fifth preliminary crew took part in the "sea" training at the Training Center of the Ministry of Emergencies in the vicinity of Noginsk. The crew tested operations for redonning in the descent capsule and its escape, water landing, team building afloat, operating procedure related to the personal survival kit and interaction with the search-rescue services.

On November 27 and 28, 2012, she successfully passed pre-flight examination training sessions on the ISS Russian Segment and Soyuz TMA trainers at the Cosmonaut Training Center together with Luca Parmitano and Fyodor Yurchkhin.
On November 29, 2012 she was approved by Interagency Commission as the flight engineer of the backup crew of Soyuz TMA-07M. On December 18, 2012, a meting of the State Commission at the Baikonur launch site confirmed her appointment as the flight engineer of the backup crew.
On December 19, 2012 she was a backup flight engineer of Soyuz TMA-07M.

May 2013.
By the data of the site www.astronaut.ru.