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Mamoru Mohri Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Three. Birth Date: 29 January 1948. Birth City: Yoichi. Birth State: Hokkaido. Birth Country: Japan. Nationality: Japanese. Group: 1985 NASDA Group. Date Selected: 01 August 1985. Number of Flights: 2. Total Time: 19.17 days.

NASDA; Spacelab-J specialist.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Mamoru Mohri
NASDA Astronaut (Mission Specialist Candidate)

Born January 29, 1948, in Yoichi, Hokkaido, Japan. Married to the former Akiko Naka of Sapporo, Japan. They have three children. He enjoys flying, snow skiing, tennis, baseball, ice skating, scuba diving, squash, aerobics.

Graduated from Hokkaido Yoichi High School in 1966; received bachelor and master of science degree in Chemistry from Hokkaido University, in 1970 and 1972, respectively, and a doctorate in Chemistry from Flinders University of South Australia, in 1976.

Member of The Japan Society of Applied Physics, The Chemical Society of Japan, The Atomic Energy Society of Japan, The Surface Science Society of Japan, and The Japan Society of Microgravity Application.

Has published over 100 papers in the diverse fields of material and vacuum sciences.

Fifth Kumagai Memorial Award for the Best Science Paper in Vacuum Science (1980). Honorary doctorate degree from Flinders University of South Australia (1991). Special awards from the Prime Minister of Japan, the Minister of Science and Technology of Japan, and the Government of Hokkaido (1992). Diplome pilote-cosmonaute de l' URSS V.M. Komarov and Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Sciences Commendation for Technology (1993). Special award for Contributions to the Japan Society of Microgravity Application (1994). Distinguished Achievement Award in Space Biology from the Japanese Society for Space Biology, and the Space Engineering Award from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering (1995).

Dr. Mohri joined the Faculty of Hokkaido University, Department of Nuclear Engineering in 1975, where over the next ten years he rose to the position of Associate Professor and conducted research in the fields of surface physics and chemistry, high energy physics, ceramic and semi-conductor thin films, environmental pollution, catalysis, and application of spectroscopy to biomaterials. He was involved in Plasma-Surface interactions in a Japanese nuclear fusion project for eight years and has experience working on large scale experimental systems for plasma confinement as well as small devices which he designed and built in his laboratory. In 1980 he was selected to participate in the first group of exchange scientists under the U.S./Japan Nuclear Fusion Collaboration Program which led to the publication of an irradiation damage study of nuclear fusion materials using a linear ion accelerator at the Physics Division of the Argonne National Laboratories, USA. In 1985, Dr. Mohri was selected by the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) as a payload specialist for the First Material Processing Test project (Spacelab-J). In 1987, he was appointed as an adjunct professor of physics and worked in the center for Microgravity and Materials Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, for two years where he was concerned with mass spectroscopy of high temperature vapors for space experiment applications. He also conducted microgravity experiments in alloy solidification and immiscible liquid behavior using a drop tower facility at Marshall Space Flight Center and the KC-135 aircraft. Dr. Mohri was assigned as a prime payload specialist on STS-47, Spacelab-J in 1990. This cooperative mission between the United States and Japan, to conduct experiments in materials processing and life sciences, was launched in September 1992. Dr. Mohri performed 43 Spacelab experiments with NASA astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor during the 8 day mission. His performance in the space classroom became a popular nationwide event. Dr. Mohri was assigned as the first general manager of the NASDA Astronaut Office in Tsukuba Science City, Japan, established in October 1992. In that capacity he worked as an expert in manned space experiments at NASDA developing the new astronaut office for the space station project. In July 1996, he was selected by NASDA to attend NASA's Astronaut Candidate Training.

Dr. Mohri reported to the 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 mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.


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