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Duane (Digger) Gene Carey Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Two. Birth Date: 30 April 1957. Birth City: St. Paul. Birth State: Minnesota. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1996 NASA Group. Date Selected: 01 May 1996.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Duane G. "Digger" Carey (Major, USAF)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Pilot)

Born April 30, 1957 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Married to the former Cheryl Ann Tobritzhofer of St. Paul, Minnesota. They have two children. He enjoys motorcycle travel, racing motorcross, camping, reading science fiction. His parents reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her mother resides in St. Paul Minnesota. Her father is deceased.

Graduated from Highland Park High School, St. Paul Minnesota in 1975; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics and a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis in 1981 and 1982, respectively.

National Space Society, American Motorcyclist Association, Air Force Association

Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

Carey received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1981 and graduated from the Undergraduate Pilot Training in 1983. He flew the A-10A during tours at England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana and Suwon Air Base, Republic of Korea. He completed F-16 training in 1988 and was assigned to Torrejon Air Base, Spain. In 1991, he was selected to attend the United State Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. After graduation in 1992, he worked as an F-16 experimental test pilot and system safety officer at Edwards Air Force Base.

Carey was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996. He reported to the NASA Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of initial training will qualify him for various technical assignments leading to selection as a pilot on a Space Shuttle flight crew.


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