NASA astronaut, the USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH
Born in 1970 in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers York, Maine his hometown.
He graduated from York High School, York, Maine.
In 1989 he graduated from the preparatory school of the Naval Academy, Newport, Rhode Island.
In 1993 he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics in the United States Navy Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
In 2000 he received a master's degree in marine engineering in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2015 he became an Dr. h.c. at Hasson University, Maine.
Basketball, triathlon, running, hiking.
AWARDS AND HONORARY TITLES
Honorary graduate of the frogman division/SEAL (BUD / S), class 192. Awarded the Bronze Star “For combat heroism” and also earned honorific mention for commanding a nine-day operation in the area of the Zharwar Kili cave complex on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was awarded the second Bronze Star for military service in Afghanistan in 2004. Awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievements.
Membership in organizations: US Navy Academy Alumni Association; Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association; The Fellowship Order of Battle Submariners and the SEAL Association (the so-called Navy Seals, the main tactical unit of the US Navy Special Operations Forces).
For ten years he served in the US Navy SEAL teams, which special operations are distant reconnaissance (motorized and foot patrolling round), direct combat assault of buildings, landing on intruder ships, desert reconnaissance patrols, combat underwater operations and demolitions, as well as various operations in air, including parachuting and speed rope descent from helicopters. Four times participated in six-month business trips to combat operational zones outside the United States: twice in Afghanistan and twice in the Mediterranean.
Served as Senior Assistant Commander and Operations Officer for the Special Boat Group in Norfolk, Virginia, and Group 3 SEAL Platoon Commander in Coronado, California. In September 2001 Christopher Cassidy was sent to Afghanistan, where he was a commander of the ground assault forces for international and American warfare.
For two months he participated in landings on intruder ships in the Gulf of Aden. In Norfolk, Virginia, he was the platoon commander of the Group 2 SEAL delivery system. He spent more than two hundred hours under water as a pilot, navigator, and crew commander of a two-seater submersible vehicle, which submerges from the submarine and then returnes to it. He also served as the Shelter Platoon Commander on the dry-well deck of Group 2 of the SEAL delivery system in Norfolk, Virginia. Cassidy volunteered for a week's voluntary paddle voyage of 290 kilometers from Norfolk to Washington, DC, to attract attention and raise funds for special operations. In 2014, he was awarded the military rank of a post captain.
TRAINING FOR SPACE FLIGHTS
Qualified at NASA in May 2004.
In February 2006 he completed the astronaut candidate training program.
From 2006 to 2008 he worked at the Houston MCC as a voice communications operator with crews in orbit. Then, Christopher Cassidy was appointed an astronaut for support of shuttle crews and from 2009 to 2011 helped astronauts in the process of placing them in seats, tightening the tether system and sealing the space shuttle landing hatch before launch.
From 2014 to 2015 he headed the EVA Department (EVA), and in 2015 he was appointed a deputy head of the NASA Astronaut Office. Four months later, Christopher Cassidy became the head of the Astronauts Office, responsible for appointing astronauts for flights, preparing space missions, and supporting American crews in orbit. His responsibilities were also to organize the support of development of future spacecraft by the Astronauts Office.
From February to September 2019 he was trained within the ISS-63 backup crew as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz MS spacecraft and ISS flight engineer.
Since September 2019 he received training as part of the prime crew of the ISS-63 as a flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft and commander of the ISS-63.
SPACE FLIGHTS EXPERIENCE
He performed the first space flight from July 15 to 31, 2009 as an STS-127 flight specialist. The Endeavor shuttle delivered in orbit the unpressurized facility (JEM-EF) and the unpressurized section of the Experimental Logistics Module (ELM-FS) built in Japan. During the flight Cassidy performed three EVAs with a total duration of 18 hours 05 minutes.
He performed the second space flight from March 28 to September 10, 2013 as a flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft and flight engineer of the ISS-35/36. During this expedition Cassidy also performed three EVAs with a total duration of 13 hours 09 minutes.
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