John Lynch PHILLIPS (Ph.D.)
ISS Flight Engineer
Soyuz TMA TS Flight Engineer
NASA Astronaut, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born April 15, 1951 in Fort Belvoir,
Virginia, but considers Scottsdale, Arizona, to be his
Graduated from Scottsdale High School, Arizona, in 1966.
He was the second of 906 graduators who graduated from
the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 and received a bachelor
of science degree in mathematics and Russian. In 1974
he received a master of science degree in aeronautical
systems from the University of West Florida and a master
of science degree and a doctorate in geophysics and space
physics from the University of California, Los Angeles,
in 1984 and 1987 respectively.
FAMILY STATUS: Married to the former Laura Jean Doell.
They have two children.
HONORS: Within the scientific body he received 2 NASA
Group Achievement Awards for contributions to the Ulysses
Spacecraft Mission and also the Los Alamos National Laboratory
Distinguished Performance Award in 1996.
Awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal and various military
HOBBY: Skiing, kayaking, hiking, fitness activities and
In 1972 Phillips began service in the U.S. Naval Forces
and in November 1974 he was designated a Naval Aviator.
He trained in the A-7 Corsair Aircraft at the Naval Air
Station Lemoore, California. Then he served in Attack
Squadron 155 and made combat deployments aboard the USS
Oriskany and USS Roosevelt. After this be was engaged
in navy recruiting in Albany, New York, and flied the
CT-39 Sabreliner Aircraft at Naval Air Station North
He has logged over 4300 flight hours and performed 250
carrier landings. From 1982 to 2002 he served as a Navy
reservist, as an A-7 pilot and in various non-flying assignments.
He retired in 2002 with the rank of Captain, USNR.
After leaving the Navy in 1982, Phillips enrolled as a
graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles,
where he was engaged in data processing which was obtained
by the NASA Pioneer Venus Spacecraft. Upon completing his
doctorate in 1987, he was awarded a J. Robert Oppenheimer
Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory
in New Mexico and in 1989 he accepted a career position
at Los Alamos. While there, Phillips performed research
on the Sun and the space environment. From 1993 through
1996 be was Principal Investigator for the Solar Wind Plasma
Experiment aboard the Ulysses Spacecraft passed over the
poles of the Sun.
John Phillips has anthored 156 scientific papers dealing
with the plasma environment of the Sun, Earth, other planets
and comets and spacecraft as well.
In April 1996 he was selected as an astronaut candidate
by NASA. In 1998 he completed astronaut candidate training
at the Johnson Space Center and was qualified as a mission
specialist. After this be worked at the NASA Astronaut
Office and was involved with systems engineering. Phillips
was CAPCOM for the International Space Station.
On September 28, 2000 he was assigned to STS-100 crew.
From April 19 to May 1, 2001 he performed his first
space flight as a mission specialist of STS-100 Endeavour with
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello. The main flight
task was to deliver new equipment and cargoes to the International
Space Station for Expedition-2 and also to deliver and
install the Canadarm-2 Robotic Arm (SSRMS) at the external
surface of the Station.
The flight duration was 11 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes and
Phillips is currently training for ISS Expedition-11 as
ISS flight engineer and scientific specialist.
Based on Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center data, NASA, USA.