Click to enlargeSTS118 Tracy Caldwell Portrait Photo

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PERSONAL DATA: Born August 14, 1969 in Arcadia, California. Recreational interests include running, weight training, hiking, softball, basketball, and auto repair/maintenance. As an undergraduate, she competed in intercollegiate athletics on CSUF’s track team as both a sprinter and long jumper.

EDUCATION: Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the California State University at Fullerton in 1993 and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Davis in 1997.

Dr. Caldwell is a private pilot and conversational in American Sign Language (ASL) and Russian.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in June 1998, Dr. Caldwell reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) systems, physiological training, ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Completion of this training and evaluation qualified her for flight assignment as a mission specialist.

In 1999, Dr. Caldwell was first assigned to the Astronaut Office ISS Operations Branch as a Russian Crusader, participating in the testing and integration of Russian hardware and software products developed for ISS.

In 2000, she was assigned prime Crew Support Astronaut for the 5th ISS Expedition crew, serving as their representative on technical and operational issues throughout the training and on-orbit phase of their mission. During ISS Increments 4-6, Dr. Caldwell also served as an ISS spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) inside Mission Control.

In 2003, she transitioned to the Astronaut Shuttle Operations Branch and was assigned to flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and also worked supporting launch and landing operations at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. She served as Lead CAPCOM for Increment 11.

Dr. Caldwell is assigned to the crew of STS-118 targeted for launch in 2007. STS-118 will deliver to the station the third starboard truss segment, an external stowage platform, and logistics and supplies in a SPACEHAB single cargo module.

Credits: JSC NASA

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