Full Colour 8"x10" Glossy Photo of Astronaut Gregory C. Johnson.
NASA EXPERIENCE: In April 1990, Johnson was accepted as an aerospace engineer and research pilot at the NASA JSC Aircraft Operations Division, Ellington Field, Texas. He qualified as a T-38 instructor, functional check flight and examiner pilot, as well as Gulfstream I aircraft commander, WB-57 high altitude research pilot and KC-135 co-pilot. Additionally, he conducted flight test programs in the T-38 aircraft including JET-A airstart testing, T-38N avionics upgrade testing and the first flight of the T-38 inlet redesign aircraft. In 1994 he assumed duties as the Chief, Maintenance & Engineering Branch responsible for all maintenance and engineering modifications on NASA JSC’s 44 aircraft.
Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Johnson was the class leader for the seventeenth group of astronauts comprised of 31 U.S. and international members. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings, tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, and physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training. Johnson was initially assigned as an Astronaut Support Personnel (ASP) responsible for configuring the Orbiter switches prior to launch and strapping astronauts in their seats for launch. More recently he served as the astronaut office representative for all technical aspects of orbiter landing and roll out issues. From June 2004 to November 2005, Johnson served as Manager, Launch Integration, for the Space Shuttle Program at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He also served as the astronaut office Deputy, Shuttle Branch and Return to Flight Representative.
Johnson is assigned as the pilot on the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope STS-125. The mission will extend and improve the observatory’s capabilities through 2013. Launch is targeted for 2008.