National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Richard M. Linnehan (DVM)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born September 19, 1957, in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Single. He enjoys mountain biking, swimming, skiing, hiking, and natural history.
His mother, Carol J. Robinson, resides in Georgia. His father, Richard H. Linnehan,
- Graduated from Pelham High School,
Pelham, New Hampshire, in 1975; received a bachelor of science degree in animal
sciences with a minor in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire in 1980;
the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University College of
Veterinary Medicine in 1985.
- Member of the
American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians,
and the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine.
- Navy Group Achievement Award, Navy Commendation Medal.
- After graduating from the Ohio State University College of
Veterinary Medicine in June 1985, Dr. Linnehan entered private practice in small
animal/exotic veterinary medicine and was later accepted to a 2-year (1986-1988)
joint internship in zoo animal medicine and comparative pathology at the Baltimore
Zoo and the Johns Hopkins University. After completing his internship Dr. Linnehan
was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and reported for
duty in early 1989 at Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California, as chief
clinical veterinarian for the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Project. During his
assignment at Naval Ocean Systems Center Dr. Linnehan initiated and supervised
research in the areas of cetacean and pinniped anesthesia, orthopedics, drug
pharmacokinetics and reproduction in direct support of Naval mobile marine mammal
systems stationed in California, Florida, and Hawaii.
- Selected by NASA in March 1992, Dr. Linnehan reported
to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He completed one year of training and
is qualified for future flight assignments as a mission specialist. Dr. Linnehan
was initially assigned to flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics
Integration Laboratory (SAIL). He was subsequently assigned to the Astronaut
Office Mission Development Branch, working on payload development, and mission
development flight support for future Space Shuttle missions. A veteran of two
space flights, Dr. Linnehan has logged over 787 hours in space. He first flew
as a mission specialist in 1996 on STS-78 the Life Sciences and Microgravity
Spacelab (LMS) mission. In 1998, he served as the payload commander on the STS-90
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:
- STS-78 launched
June 20, 1996 and landed July 7, 1996 becoming the longest Space Shuttle mission to
date. This mission served as a model for future studies onboard the International
Space Station. The LMS mission included studies sponsored by ten nations and five
space agencies. The international crew included 5 Americans a Frenchman, a Canadian,
a Spaniard, and an Italian.
STS-90 Neurolab (April 17 to May 3, 1998) was a 16-day
Spacelab flight during which the seven person crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia
as both experiment subjects and operators for 26 individual life science experiments
focusing on the effects of microgravity on the brain and nervous system. The STS-90
flight orbited the Earth 256 times, covered 6.3 million miles, and logged him an
additional 381 hours in space.
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