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Stephen Scott Oswald Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Three. Birth Date: 30 June 1951. Birth City: Seattle. Birth State: Washington. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1985 NASA Group. Date Selected: 04 June 1985. Number of Flights: 3. Total Time: 33.94 days.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: Stephen S. Oswald (Mr.)
NASA Astronaut

Born June 30, 1951, in Seattle, Washington, but considers Bellingham, Washington, to be his hometown. Married to the former Diane K. Kalklosch of Fullerton, California. Three children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, racquetball, and running. His parents, Dr. & Mrs. Harold Oswald, reside in Bellingham, Washington.

Graduated from Bellingham High School, Bellingham, Washington, in 1969; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973.

Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Association of Space Explorers, and the Naval Reserve Association.

Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2), NASA Space Flight Medal (3), National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and various service awards.

Oswald graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973, and was designated a naval aviator in September 1974. Following training in the A-7 aircraft, he flew aboard the USS Midway from 1975 through 1977. In 1978, Oswald attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. Upon graduation, he remained at the Naval Air Test Center conducting flying qualities, performance, and propulsion flight tests on the A-7 and F/A-18 aircraft through 1981. Following tours as an F/A-18 flight instructor in Lemoore, California, and as a catapult officer aboard the USS Coral Sea, Oswald resigned from active Navy duty and joined Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a civilian test pilot. During 1983 and 1984, he was involved in developmental flight testing of various airborne weapons systems for Westinghouse, including the F-16 and B-1 radars. Oswald is a captain in the Naval Reserve, currently assigned to the Pentagon as Director, Naval Space Reserve Program. He has logged over 7,000 flight hours in over 40 different aircraft.

Oswald joined NASA in November 1984 as an aerospace engineer and instructor pilot and was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985. His technical assignments within the Astronaut Office have included: flight crew representative to Kennedy Space Center; flight software testing with the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; crew representative to the Marshall Space Flight Center on solid rocket booster redesign; and spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center during Space Shuttle missions. He was also the Chief of the Operations Development Branch within the Astronaut Office supporting Shuttle operations.

Oswald piloted two missions aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-42 and STS-56 flown in January 1992 and April 1993, respectively. The International Microgravity Laboratory-1, the primary payload on STS-42, included 55 major microgravity experiments conducted over the eight-day flight in Discovery's Spacelab module. STS-56 was the second Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-2) mission. This nine-day flight also included the deployment and retrieval of the SPARTAN spacecraft.

Most recently, Oswald commanded STS-67, the second flight of the Astro observatory (Astro II), which flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in March, 1995. In addition to collecting an unprecedented amount of ultraviolet astronomy data, STS-67 also established a mission duration record for Space Shuttle at 17 days. With the completion of his third space flight, Oswald has logged over 33 days in space.

Deputy Associate Administrator (Space Shuttle), Office of Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

MAY 1997

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