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Dr James Francis Reilly II Status: Active. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Mission Specialist. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Children: Three. Birth Date: 18 March 1954. Birth City: Mountain Home Air Force Base. Birth State: Idaho. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Degree: PhD. Group: 1995 NASA Group. Date Selected: 09 December 1994. Number of Flights: 1. Total Time: 8.82 days.

NASA Official Biography

NAME: James F. Reilly, II (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Born March 18, 1954, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. Considers Mesquite, Texas, to be his hometown. Married to the former Jo Ann Strange, a native of Dallas, Texas. Three children. He enjoys flying, skiing, photography, running, soccer, hunting and fishing. His father, James F. Reilly, resides in Rockwall, Texas. His mother, Billie N. Ruether, resides in Tyler, Texas. Her parents, Robert and Mildred Strange, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Graduated from Lake Highlands High School, Dallas Texas, in 1972. Bachelor of science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1977. Master of science degree in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, 1987. Doctorate in geosciences from University of Texas-Dallas, in 1995.

Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Awarded the Antarctic Service Medal, 1978. US Navy ROTC scholarship, 1972.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1977, Reilly entered graduate school and was selected to participate as a research scientist specializing in stable isotope geochronology as part of the 1977-1978 scientific expedition to Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. In 1979, he accepted employment as an exploration geologist with Santa Fe Minerals Inc., in Dallas, Texas. From 1980 to the time he was selected for the astronaut program, Reilly was employed as an oil and gas exploration geologist for Enserch Exploration Inc., in Dallas, Texas, rising to the position of Chief Geologist of the Offshore Region. He has experience in exploration and operation activities in both international and domestic regions, primarily in the deep-water regions of the Gulf of Mexico. Concurrent with his duties as an exploration geologist, he was actively involved in the application of new imaging technology for industrial applications in deep water engineering projects and biological research. As part of this work, Reilly has spent approximately 22 days in deep submergence vehicles operated by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and the US Navy. Concurrent with his employment with Enserch, Reilly received his Master of Science degree in geosciences in 1987, and has completed his dissertation on the geologic controls on the distribution of chemosynthetic communities in the Gulf of Mexico, receiving his Doctorate in geosciences in 1995.

Selected by NASA in December 1994, Reilly reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995, has completed a year of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. He was initially assigned to work technical issues for the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. Reilly is currently assigned as a mission specialist on the crew of STS-89, scheduled for a January 1998 launch on Space Shuttle Discovery. STS-89 is the eighth of nine planned missions to dock the Space Shuttle with Russia's Mir space station.

MARCH 1997

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