National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Donald R. Pettit (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born April 20, 1955 in Silverton, Oregon. Married. He enjoys photography, and swimming.
- Graduated from Silverton Union High School, Silverton, Oregon, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State Univeristy in 1978; and a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1983.
- Staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico from 1984-1996. Projects included reduced gravity fluid flow and materials processing experiments on board the NASA KC-135 airplane, atmospheric spectroscopy measurements on noctolucent clouds seeded from sounding rocket payloads, volcano fumarole gas sampling on active volcanos, and problems in detonation physics applied to weapon systems. He was a member of The Synthesis Group, slated with assembling the technology to return to the moon and explore Mars (1990), and the Space Station Freedom re-design team (1993).
- Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Pettit reported to
the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. Having completed two years of training and
evaluation, he is qualified for flight selection as a mission specialist. Currently,
Dr. Pettit is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch.
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