Full Colour 8"x10" Glossy Photo of NASA Astronaut Richard R. Arnold.
Richard R. Arnold II NASA Astronaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Cheverly and raised in Bowie, Maryland. Married to Eloise Miller Arnold of Bowie, Maryland. They have two daughters. Enjoys running, fishing, reading, kayaking, bicycling, ornithology, paleontology and guitar.
EDUCATION: B.S., Frostburg State University, Maryland, 1985. Completed teacher certification program at Frostburg State University, Maryland, 1988. M.S., Marine, Estuarine & Environmental Science, University of Maryland, 1992.
ORGANIZATIONS: National Science Teachers Association, International Technology Education Association, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
SPECIAL HONORS: Recipient of various grants for extended studies in marine science.
EXPERIENCE: Arnold began working at the United States Naval Academy in 1987 as an Oceanographic Technician. Upon completing his teacher certification program, he accepted a position as a science teacher at John Hanson Middle School in Waldorf, Maryland. During his tenure, he completed a Masters program while conducting research in biostratigraphy at the Horn Point Environmental Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Upon martriculation, Arnold spent another year working in the Marine Sciences including time at the Cape Cod National Seashore and aboard a sail training/oceanographic vessel headquartered in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. In 1993, Arnold joined the faculty at the Casablanca American School in Casablanca, Morocco, teaching college prepatory Biology and Marine Environmental Science. During that time, he began presenting workshops at various international education conferences focusing on science teaching methodologies. In 1996, he and his family moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he was employed as a middle and high school science teacher and Science Department Chair at the American International School. In 2001, Arnold was hired by International School Services to teach middle school mathematics and science at the International School of Kuala Kencana in West Papua, Indonesia. In 2003, he accepted a similar teaching position at the American International School of Bucharest in Bucharest, Romania.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in May 2004. In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. Upon completion of his training, Arnold was assigned to the Hardware Integration Team in the Space Station Branch working technical issues with JAXA hardware. In August 2007, he completed aquanaut training and served as a mission specialist on a joint NASA-NOAA-NEEMO NASA Extreme Environment Mission where he lived and worked in and around Aquarius - the world’s only undersea laboratory. During the 10 day mission, the crew of NEEMO XIII conducted experiments and operations in a simulated lunar outpost in support of our nation’s visions for a return to Moon and the future exploration of Mars. Currently he is assigned as a mission specialist to the STS-119 mission, targeted for launch February 2009. The flight will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the International Space Station.