Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Newman began astronaut training in July 1990. His technical assignments since then include: Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch where he was part of a team responsible for crew ingress/strap-in prior to launch and crew egress after landing; Mission Development Branch working on the Shuttle on-board laptop computers; Chief of the Computer Support Branch in the Astronaut Office, responsible for crew involvement in the development and use of computers on the Space Shuttle and Space Station. Was awarded the Institute of Navigation's Award of the 1995 Practical Navigator for his work on the Global Positioning System and the Space Shuttle. He flew as a mission specialist on STS-51 (1993), STS-69 (1995) and STS-88 (1998) A veteran of three space flights, Dr. Newman has logged over 779 hours in space, including four spacewalks totaling 28 hours, 27 minutes.
STS-69 Endeavour (September 7-18, 1995), was a ten-day mission during which the crew successfully deployed and retrieved a SPARTAN satellite and the Wake Shield Facility (WSF). Also on board was the International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker payload, numerous secondary payloads, and medical experiments. Newman was responsible for the crew's science involvement with the WSF and was also the primary RMS operator on the flight, performing the WSF and EVA RMS operations. He also operated the on-orbit tests of the Ku-band Communications Adaptor, the Relative GPS experiment, and the RMS Manipulator Positioning Display. The mission was accomplished in 171 orbits of the Earth in 260 hours, 29 minutes.
STS-88 Endeavour (December 4-15, 1998), was the first International Space Station assembly mission. During the 11-day mission the Unity module was mated with Zarya module. Newman performed three spacewalks with Jerry Ross, totaling 21 hours, 22 minutes. The primary objective of the spacewalks was to connect external power and data umbilicals between Zarya and Unity. Other objectives include setting up the Early Communication antennaas, deploying antennas on Zarya that had failed to deploy as expected, installing a sunshade to protect an external computer, installing translation aids, and attaching tools/hardware for use in future EVA's. The crew also performed IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC) operations, and deployed two satellites, Mighty Sat 1, sponsored by the Air Force, and SAC-A, from Argentina. The mission was accomplished in 185 orbits of the Earth in 283 hours and 18 minutes.