National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: John L. Phillips (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born April 15, 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, but considers Scottsdale, Arizona to be his hometown. Married to the former Laura Jean Doell of Scotia, New York. They have two children. Enjoys alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking, family recreation and various fitness activities.
- Graduated from Scottsdale High School, Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1966; received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and Russian from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972; a master of science degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1974; a master of science degree and a doctorate in geophysics and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1984 and 1987 respectively.
- American Geophysical Union, U.S. Naval Institute.
- National Merit Scholar; graduated second of 906 in the class of 1972 at U.S. Naval Academy; awarded 2 Navy Unit Commendations, the National Defense Medal, 2 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and 2 Battle "E" Ribbons; received 2 NASA Group Achievement Awards for contributions to the Ulysses Spacecraft Mission and the Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award in 1996.
- Phillips received a navy commission upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November, 1974. He trained in the A-7 Corsair Aircraft at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California and made overseas deployment with Attack Squadron 155 aboard the USS Oriskany and USS Roosevelt. Subsequent tours of duty included navy recruiting in Albany, New York, and flying the CT-39 Sabreliner Aircraft at Naval Air Station North Island, California.
After leaving the Navy in 1982, Phillips enrolled as a graduate student at UCLA. While at UCLA he carried out research involving observations by the NASA Pioneer Venus Spacecraft. Upon completing his doctorate in 1987, he was awarded a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He accepted a career position at Los Alamos in 1989. While there, Phillips performed research on the sun and the space environment. From 1993 through 1996 he was Principal Investigator for the Solar Wind Plasma Experiment aboard the Ulysses Spacecraft as it executed a unique trajectory over the poles of the sun. He has authored 150 scientific papers dealing with the plasma environments of the sun, earth, other planets, comets and spacecraft.
Phillips has logged over 4,000 flight hours and 250 carrier landings. He has been a Navy reservist since 1982, serving as an A-7 pilot, commanding officer of a merchant ship convoy unit and, most recently, as a science and technology officer for the Office of Naval Research.
- Phillips was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, reporting 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, Phillips is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Spacecraft Systems/Operations Branch.
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