NASA Astronauts

John L. Phillips

Class of 1972
Ph.D.
NASA Astronaut


John L. Phillips-NASA Photo

Astronaut John L. Phillips, mission specialist, works with the IMAX camera on the International Space Station (ISS). Phillips and his STS-100 crewmates transferred supplies to the station and recorded video, motion picture and still photography of their activities, including interaction with the Expedition Two crewmembers.

PERSONAL DATA: Born April 15, 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, but considers Scottsdale, Arizona to be his hometown. Married to the former Laura Jean Doell of Scotia, New York. They have two children. Enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Scottsdale High School, Arizona, in 1966; received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972; an M.S. in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1974; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

SPECIAL HONORS: National Merit Scholar; graduated second of 906 at USNA; awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Gagarin Medal, the Komarov Diploma, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Distinguished Performance Award, and various military awards.

EXPERIENCE: Phillips received a navy commission upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 and was designated a Naval Aviator in November, 1974. He trained in the A-7 Corsair Aircraft at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California and made overseas deployment with Attack Squadron 155 aboard the USS Oriskany and USS Roosevelt. Subsequent tours of duty included navy recruiting in Albany, New York, and flying the CT-39 Sabreliner Aircraft at Naval Air Station North Island, California.

After leaving the Navy in 1982, Phillips enrolled as a graduate student at UCLA. While there he carried out research involving observations by the Pioneer Venus Spacecraft. Upon completing his doctorate in 1987, he was awarded an Oppenheimer Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He worked at LANL for nine years, performing research on the sun and the space environment. From 1993 through 1996 he was Principal Investigator for the Solar Wind Plasma Experiment aboard the Ulysses Spacecraft as it executed a unique trajectory over the poles of the sun. He has authored 156 scientific papers dealing with the plasma environments of the sun, earth, other planets, comets and spacecraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Phillips was selected by NASA and began astronaut candidate training in 1996. He has held various jobs in the Astronaut Office, including systems engineering and CAPCOM for the International Space Station, and as a robotics specialist supporting operations. Phillips has logged over 203 days in space during three flights.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-100 Endeavour (April 19 to May 1, 2001). During the 12-day, 187 orbit mission, the crew successfully delivered and installed the Canadarm-2 robotic arm. They also delivered experiments and supplies aboard the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaelloon its maiden flight. Phillips was the Ascent/Entry Flight engineer and was the intravehicular activity coordinator during two space walks.

ISS Expedition 11 (April 15 to October 10, 2005). Phillips launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard Soyuz TMA-6, and served as NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer aboard ISS. During their six-month stay aboard ISS the crew continued station maintenance, worked with scientific experiments, performed a spacewalk in Russian spacesuits from the Pirs Airlock, and hosted the “return to flight” visit of the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114). The ISS-11 crew landed in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2005. In completing his second mission Phillips logged 179 days and 23 minutes in space including an EVA totaling 4 hours and 58 minutes.

STS-119 Discovery (March 15- 28, 2009). During the 13-day, 202 orbit mission, the crew delivered and installed the S6 integrated truss segment to the ISS, including the final two solar array wings. Phillips operated the Canadarm-2 robotic arm to unberth and install the S6 truss. He also served as Loadmaster, Rendezvous Mission Specialist, and Crew Medical Officer.


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