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Dr Richard Michael Linnehan Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Single. Birth Date: 19 September 1957. Birth City: Lowell. Birth State: Massachusetts. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Degree: DVM. Group: 1992 NASA Group. Date Selected: 31 March 1992. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 32.82 days.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Richard M. Linnehan (DVM)
NASA Astronaut

Born September 19, 1957, in Lowell, Massachusetts. Single. He enjoys mountain biking, swimming, skiing, hiking, and natural history. His mother, Carol J. Robinson, resides in Jensen Beach, Florida. His father, Richard H. Linnehan, is deceased.

Graduated from Pelham High School, Pelham, New Hampshire, in 1975; received a bachelor of science degree in animal sciences with a minor in microbiology from the University of New Hampshire in 1980; the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

Member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians, and the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine.

Navy Group Achievement Award, Navy Commendation Medal.

After graduating from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in June 1985, Dr. Linnehan entered private practice in small animal/exotic veterinary medicine and was later accepted to a 2-year (1986-1988) joint internship in zoo animal medicine and comparative pathology at the Baltimore Zoo and the Johns Hopkins University. After completing his internship Dr. Linnehan was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and reported for duty in early 1989 at Naval Ocean Systems Center, San Diego, California, as chief clinical veterinarian for the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Project. During his assignment at Naval Ocean Systems Center Dr. Linnehan initiated and supervised research in the areas of cetacean and pinniped anesthesia, orthopedics, drug pharmacokinetics and reproduction in direct support of Naval mobile marine mammal systems stationed in California, Florida, and Hawaii.

Selected by NASA in March 1992, Dr. Linnehan reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He completed one year of training and is qualified for future flight assignments as a mission specialist. Dr. Linnehan was initially assigned to flight software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL). He was subsequently assigned to the Astronaut Office Mission Development Branch, working on payload development, and mission development flight support for future Space Shuttle missions. In 1996, Dr. Linnehan flew on STS-78 the Life Sciences and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) mission. He has logged over 405 hours in space. Dr. Linnehan is currently assigned to the crew of STS-90 Neurolab, a 16-day Spacelab mission dedicated to investigations on the effects of microgravity on the nervous system. Launch is targeted for March 1998.

STS-78 launched June 20, 1996 and landed July 7, 1996 becoming the longest Space Shuttle mission to date. This mission served as a model for future studies onboard the International Space Station. The LMS mission included studies sponsored by ten nations and five space agencies. The international crew included 5 Americans a Frenchman, a Canadian, a Spaniard, and an Italian.


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