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NASA Astronaut Douglas Hurley #2
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NASA Astronaut Douglas Hurley 8"x10" Full Colour Portrait

Official NASA Portrait of Astronaut Douglas Hurley STS-135 Pilot

Douglas G. Hurley (COLONEL, USMC)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born on October 21, 1966, in Endicott, New York, but considers Apalachin, New York his hometown.  He is married with one child.  Recreational interests include hunting, cycling, and attending as many NASCAR races as possible. 

EDUCATION:  Graduated from Owego Free Academy, in Owego, New York, 1984.  B.S.E., Civil Engineering, Tulane University, Louisiana, 1988.

SPECIAL HONORS:  Magna Cum Laude with Honors, Tulane University, Distinguished Graduate, USMC Officer Candidates School, Distinguished Graduate, Tulane University NROTC, Distinguished Graduate, U.S. Navy Pilot Training.  Stephen A. Hazelrigg Memorial Award for best Test Pilot/Engineer Team, Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron.  Awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and various other service awards. 

EXPERIENCE:  Hurley received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1988.  After graduation, he attended The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia, and later the Infantry Officers Course.  Following Aviation Indoctrination in Pensacola, Florida, he entered flight training in Texas in 1989 and was designated a Naval Aviator in August 1991. He then reported to Marine Fighter/Attack Training Squadron 101 at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, for initial F/A-18 training.  Upon completion of training, he was assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter/Attack Squadron 225 where he made three overseas deployments to the Western Pacific.  While assigned to VMFA (AW)-225, he attended the United States Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI), the Marine Division Tactics Course (MDTC), and the Aviation Safety Officers Course at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California.  Over his four and a half years with the “Vikings,” he served as the Aviation Safety Officer and the Pilot Training Officer.  Hurley was then selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, and began the course in January of 1997.  After graduation in December 1997, he was assigned to the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-23) as an F/A-18 Project Officer and Test Pilot.  At “Strike,” he participated in a variety of flight testing including flying qualities, ordnance separation, and systems testing and became the first ever Marine pilot to fly the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet.  He was serving as the Operations Officer when selected for the astronaut program. 

Hurley has logged over 4000 hours in more than 25 aircraft. 

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000, Hurley reported for training in August 2000.  Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office which have included Kennedy Operations Support as a “Cape Crusader” where he was the lead ASP (Astronaut Support Personnel) for Shuttle missions STS-107 and STS-121.  He worked Shuttle Landing and Rollout, served on the Columbia Reconstruction Team at Kennedy Space Center and in the Exploration Branch in support of the selection of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV).  He also served as the NASA Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia.  In July 2009 Colonel Hurley completed his first space flight as pilot on STS-127, ISS Assembly Mission 2J/A, and has logged over 376 hours in space.  Most recently Hurley served as the Astronaut Office Safety Branch Chief.  Colonel Hurley is currently training as the pilot of STS-135/ULF7, a station cargo delivery mission that will carry the Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Raffaello.  The crew of STS-135 has been in training since September 2010 and the launch is currently scheduled for the summer of 2011.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  STS-127, ISS Assembly Mission 2J/A, Endeavour (July 15-31, 2009) delivered the Japanese-built Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) and the Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section (ELM-ES) to the International Space Station.  The crew completed the construction of the KIBO Japanese Experiment Module, installed scientific experiments on its Exposed Facility and delivered critical spare parts and replacement batteries to the orbital complex, in addition to transferring 24,638 pounds of hardware and 1,225 pounds of water to the station.  While the Shuttle was docked to the station, the mission featured a record 13 astronauts working aboard the Station representing all five ISS partners -- NASA, the Russian Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).  The 16 day mission included 5 spacewalks and was accomplished in 248 orbits of the Earth, traveling 6,547,853 million miles in 15 days, 16 hours, 44 minutes and 58 seconds.

Currently serving as the pilot of STS-135 the final shuttle mission.

July 2011