Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Chari

Raja Jon Vurputoor "Grinder"

USA

Raja Chari

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Personal data

Birthdate:  24.06.1977
Birthplace:  Milwaukee / Wisconsin
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  07.06.2017
Selection group:  NASA-22
Position:  PLT
Status:  active

Spaceflights

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Additional information

Was 39 years at the time of selection. Lt.Col.., U.S. Air Force, hails from Waterloo, Iowa. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with bachelor's degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science. He continued on to earn a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Chari has been serving as the commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 21.

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Last update on June 14, 2017.