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ACABA Joseph Michael
Astronaut, NASA, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
May 17, 1967, Inglewood, California.
Father: Ralph Acaba.
Mother: Elsie Acaba.
In 1985 he graduated from Esperanza High School, Anaheim, California.
In 1990 Acaba received a Bachelor of Science (geology) from University of California in Santa Barbara.
In 1992 he received a Master of Science (geology) from University of Arizona.
FAMILY STATUS: married. He has three children.
Tourism, cycle racing, kayaking, diving.
Worked as a hydro-geologist in Los Angeles, California, and was involved in the solution of problems related to groundwater contaminants.
As an Environmental Education Awareness Promoter he spent 2 years in the United States Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.
He had one year of high school science teaching experience at Melbourne High School, Florida.
Since 1998 he had middle school math and science teaching experience (astronomy of primary classes) at Dunnellon Middle School, Florida.
On May 6, 2004 he was enlisted in the Astronaut Corps, NASA, within the 19-th selection as a candidate for the mission specialist under program "Teacher in space".
He passed examinations and interlocution at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center within the 5-th finalist team since November 16, 2003.
From June 2004 to February 2006 Acaba passed training at Johnson Space Center. On February 10, 2006 upon completion of his training he received qualification as a mission specialist-teacher and was assigned to the Space Station Branch of the Astronaut Office, Johnson Space Center.
In October 2007 it was announced that Acaba was assigned as a mission specialist to the crew of Shuttle STS-119.
He performed his first flight at a period of March 16 - 28, 2009 as a mission specialist of Discovery STS-119.
During the flight he performed two walks into open space, namely on March 21 - of the duration of 6 hr 30 min and on March 23 - of the duration of 6 hr 27 min.
The mission duration was 12 days 19 hr 29 min.
On November 11, 2009 unofficial messages concerning his assignment to the prime crew of Expedition-31/32 to the ISS ISS-31/32 Expedition and the start of the preflight processing appeared. On July 8, 2010 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA in press-release 10-161.
In January 2011 he took part in trainings for survival in the forest near Moscow as a member of the preliminary crew together with Gennadiy Padalka and Alexei Khomenchuk.
On August 22, 2011 at the meeting of State Medical Board (SMB) at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (CTC) he was recognized fit to a space flight as the Soyuz TMA-22 backup crew flight engineer.
On September 1, 2011 at the Cosmonaut Training Center Acaba together with Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin passed the examination training on the Soyuz TMA simulator. On September 2, 2011 the crew passed the preflight examination training on the ISS Russian Segment.
On November 12, 2011 he was approved as the Soyuz TMA-22 MTV backup crew flight engineer.
On November 14, 2011 during the Soyuz TMA-22 MTV launch Acaba was the vehicle flight engineer backup.
On April 23, 2012 together with Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin he passed the examination training on the ISS Russian Segment. On April 24, 2012 the crew passed the pre-flight examination training on the Soyuz TMA simulator.
On April 25, 2012 at a meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC he was approved as a flight engineer of the prime crew of the Soyuz TMA-04 manned transport spacecraft.
Joseph ACABA performed his second flight at a period of May 15 – September 17, 2012 as a flight engineer of the ISS-31/32.
The flight duration was 124 days 23 hours 51 minutes 30 seconds.
In September 2013 he took part in a 5-day mission aboard the Aquarius Underwater Laboratory located at a 20-meter depth near the coast of Florida together with Kathleen Rubens, Shoichi Noguchi and Andreas Mogensen.
On March 13, 2017 Joseph ACABA began training at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC.
On March 28, 2017 the appointment of Joseph ACABA to the prime crew of the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft was confirmed in NASA press release 17-017.
Based on data of sites www.astronaut.ru and www.nasa.gov.