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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Piers J. Sellers (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Born April 11, 1955 in Crowborough, Sussex, United Kingdom. Married to the former Amanda Helen Lomas from Yorkshire, United Kingdom. They have two children. He enjoys his family, flying, exercise, reading.

Graduated from Cranbrook School, Cranbrook, Kent, United Kingdom, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in ecological science from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in 1976, and received a doctorate in biometeorology from Leeds University (United Kingdom) in 1981.

American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorology Society (AMS).

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award in 1994; Arthur Fleming Award in 1995; Fellow of AGU in 1996; AMS Houghton Award in 1997.

Piers has worked on research into how the Earth's Biosphere and Atmosphere interact. His work involved computer modeling of the climate system, satellite remote sensing studies and field work utilizing aircraft, satellites and ground teams in places such as Kansas, Russia, Africa, Canada and Brazil. He has logged over 1,200 hours as pilot in command of various light piston-engined aircraft (singles and twins) which have been used in these experiments. Most of this work was done while Piers was based at or near NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Piers reported to the NASA 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, Piers is assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch.

APRIL 1998

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