Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Michael Eladio "LA"


Michael Lopez-Alegria

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Personal data

Birthdate:  30.05.1958
Birthplace:  Madrid / Spain
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  31.03.1992
Selection group:  NASA-14
Position:  MSP
Status:  Ret. ??.03.2012


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-73 Columbia  MS  20.10.1995 - 05.11.1995 15d 21h 52m 
2  STS-92 Discovery  MS  11.10.2000 - 24.10.2000 12d 21h 42m 
3  STS-113 Endeavour  MS  24.11.2002 - 07.12.2002 13d 18h 47m 
4  Soyuz TMA-9 / ISS-14  Flight Engineer / ISS-CDR  18.09.2006 - 21.04.2007 215d 08h 22m 
5  Ax-1  CDR  08.04.2022 - 25.04.2022 17d 01h 49m 
6  Ax-3  CDR  18.01.2024 - 09.02.2024 21d 15h 40m 
Total  296d 16h 12m 
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Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Ax-2  CDR

Additional information

Bachelor of science in systems engineering from U.S. Naval Academy, 1980; master of science in aeronautical engineering from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1988; Captain, USN, Ret.; engineering test pilot; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 13; hobbies: Sports, traveling, cooking; was Technical Assistant, EVA Project Office, JSC; was Flight Crew Operations Directorate Assistant Director for ISS; currently the Vice President of Business Development for Axiom Space, and has been selected to command the crew of Ax-1

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Last update on February 09, 2024.