National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Fernando (Frank) Caldeiro
- NASA Astronaut
- Born June 12, 1958 in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, but considers Merritt Island, Florida, to be his hometown.
Married to the former Donna Marie Emero of Huntington Beach, California.
They have one child. He enjoys building, flying and racing
his own experimental aircraft, snorkeling, amateur radio (KE4RFI).
His parents reside in Flushing, New York. Her parents reside in
Fountain Valley, California.
- Graduated from W.C. Bryant High School,
Long Island City, New York, in 1976; received an associate degree
in applied science in Aerospace Technology from the State University
of New York at Farmingdale in 1978, a bachelor of science degree in
mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1984, and a master of science degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida in 1995.
- Experimental Aircraft Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
- Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Technical Leadership Certificate; Rockwell Certificate of Commendation; Group Achievement Awards (9); KSC Center Director Round Table Award; KSC Superior Performance Awards (2); KSC Public Affairs Certificate of Appreciation for Service.
- From 1985-1988, Caldeiro worked as a test director during the production and flight test of the Rockwell/USAF
B-1B Bomber. In 1988, he was transferred by Rockwell to the Kennedy Space Center
as a space shuttle main propulsion system specialist. In this capacity he was
the Rockwell design center representative for the ground processing and launch of the
- He was hired by NASA KSC in 1991 as a cryogenics and propulsion systems expert for the safety and mission assurance office. Selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in April 1996, Caldeiro reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and evaluation, he is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Currently, Caldeiro is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch.
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