As a young boy, Greg Chamitoff was fascinated by the prospect of human beings exploring the beyond the bounds of Earth. He was inspired by the science fiction that made everything seem possible, and by the real-life drama that was unfolding in the space race between the USA and Russia. The technological world of today is the product of a generation of engineers and scientists who were similarly inspired, and grew up with a positive vision for the future and a passion for making it come true. Greg had the good fortune to live out his dreams by living and working in Space on the International Space Station (ISS). For six months, he was the Flight Engineer and Science Officer for Expeditions 17 and 18. More recently he flew on the last mission of Space Shuttle Endeavour, during which the final assembly of the ISS was completed. While the Space Shuttle is now retired, it leaves behind the ISS as its legacy and the gateway to our future. As the most complex engineering project in history, the ISS is a shining example of what human beings can do when working together. It serves as a unique laboratory for a broad range of research and development, and a source of inspiration for the next generation.
About Dr Greg Chamitoff:
Greg Chamitoff was born in Montreal, Canada. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Caltech, a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a M.S. degree in Space Science from the University of Houston Clearlake. At MIT and Draper Labs, he worked on the control analysis for robotic deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, designed attitude control software upgrades for the Space Shuttle, and developed reconfigurable control strategies for the Space Station. His doctoral thesis was on a new method for robust flight control of hypersonic vehicles. From 1993 to 1995, Greg was a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he taught courses in flight dynamics and control, and led a research group in the development of flight control techniques for autonomous aircraft. From 1993 to 1995, Greg was a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he taught courses in flight dynamics and control, and led a research group in the evelopment of flight control techniques for autonomous aircraft.
Selected by NASA as an Astronaut Candidate in 1998, Greg has worked on Space Station Robotics, served as Lead CAPCOM for ISS Expedition 9, supported the training of ISS Expedition 6 as a Crew Support Astronaut and helped to develop procedures and displays for ISS operations. In 2002, he was a rewmember on the NEEMO-3 Mission (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), living and working on the Aquarius undersea research habitat for 9 days. In 2008, he served as the Flight Engineer and Science Officer for a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station during Expeditions 17 and 18. He launched to the station on Shuttle Mission STS-124 and returned to Earth on Shuttle Mission STS-126. In 2011, Dr. Chamitoff served as a Mission Specialist on the last flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-134. During this mission, he performed operations with the Shuttle and Station Robotic Arms, including the installation of a pallet of spare equipment (ELC 3) and a particle physics observatory called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which holds great promise for fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe. He also performed two spacewalks, the last of which marked the completion of ISS assembly and was the final spacewalk of the Space Shuttle Program. To date, Dr. Chamitoff has logged more than 198 days in space.