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NASA Astronaut Edward 'Mike' Fincke 8"x10" Full Colour Portrait #2
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Full Colour 8"x10" Glossy Photo of Edward M. (Mike) Fincke, NASA Astronaut.

EXPERIENCE:  Colonel Fincke graduated from MIT in 1989, and immediately attended a summer exchange program with the Moscow Aviation Institute in the former Soviet Union, where he studied Cosmonautics.  Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1990, he entered the United States Air Force where he “washed out” of  the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, and then was reassigned as a Space Systems Engineer and a Space Test Engineer at Los Angeles Air Force Base.   As a Flight Test Engineer at Edwards and Eglin Air Force Bases he flew in F-16 and F-15 aircraft.  In January of 1996, he reported to the Gifu Test Center, Gifu Air Base, Japan where he was the United States Flight Test Liaison to the Japanese/United States XF-2 fighter program.  Colonel Fincke has over 1000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft types.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Selected by NASA in April 1996, Colonel Fincke reported to the Johnson Space Center where he completed two years of training and evaluation.  He was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch serving as an International Space Station Spacecraft Communicator (ISS CAPCOM), a member of the Crew Test Support Team in Russia and as the ISS crew procedures team lead.  He also served as back-up crewmember for ISS Expeditions 4 and 6 as well as back-up commander for ISS Expeditions 13 and 16.  He is qualified to fly as a left-seat Flight Engineer (co-pilot) on the Russian Soyuz TM and TMA spacecraft.  He was the Commander of the second NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 2) mission living and working underwater for 7 days in May of 2002.  Fincke has a total of 365 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes in orbit, and has logged 26 hours and 12 minutes of EVA time on six spacewalks. 

Fincke is currently assigned to the crew of STS-134 to the International Space Station.  The mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector designed to examine fundamental issues about matter and the origin of the universe.  The mission will also mark the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  ISS Expedition 9 (April 18 to Oct 23, 2004).  Expedition 9 launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft.  As the NASA Space Station science officer and flight engineer, Colonel Fincke spent six-months aboard the ISS continuing ISS science operations, maintaining Station systems, and performing four spacewalks.  The Expedition 9 mission concluded with undocking from the station and safe landing back in Kazakhstan on October 23, 2004. 

ISS Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009).  Expedition 18 launched from from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft.  As the ISS Commander, Fincke and his 3-person crew helped prepare the station for future six-person crews and hosted the Space Shuttle crews of STS-126 and STS-119.  The Expedition 18 mission concluded with undocking from the station and safe landing back in Kazakhstan on April 8, 2009.