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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Stanley G. Love (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

Born June 8, 1965 in San Diego, California, but considers Eugene, Oregon to be his hometown. Married to Jancy C. McPhee of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. They have one child. Recreational interests include flying, alpine hiking, bicycling, snorkeling, alternative music, and animation. His parents, Glen A. and Rhoda M. Love, reside in Eugene, Oregon.

Graduated from Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, Oregon, in 1983; received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, in 1987; received master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in astronomy from the University of Washington in 1989 and 1993, respectively.

American Astronomical Society; American Geophysical Union; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Harvey Mudd College Alumni Association; Meteoritical Society.

NOVA Award, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1998). O.K. Earl Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship, California Institute of Technology (1995). Dean's List Distinction, Harvey Mudd College (1985, 1986, 1987).

Worked summers at the University of Oregon in Eugene, as a computer programming instructor (1984) and as an assistant in physics and chemistry laboratories (1985-1987). As a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Washington in Seattle beginning in 1987, he taught and led laboratory sections for undergraduate courses in general, and for planetary astronomy. He worked as a graduate research assistant at the University of Washington from 1989 to 1993 on a variety of projects including space propulsion and energy storage, stellar photometry and spectroscopy, analysis of space-exposed surfaces, hypervelocity impact and particle capture, atmospheric entry heating of micrometeoroids, infrared imaging of the zodiacal light, and electron microscopy of interplanetary dust particles. Moved to the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in 1994 for a postdoctoral research appointment modeling the formation of meteoritic chondrules and the collisional evolution of asteroids, and investigating the possibility of meteorites from the planet Mercury. Awarded a prize postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology in 1995: work there included computational fluid dynamic simulations of asteroid collisions, calibration of the Cassini spacecraft dust particle impact detector, and experimental shock compression of the mineral calcite. Transferred to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a staff engineer in 1997 to work on computer models and simulations of spacecraft optical instrument systems and to participate in a Laboratory-wide process re-engineering effort.

Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, he will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.


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