Astronaut and Former President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation
United States of America
BioDuring his career, Michael Lopez-Alegria has actively participated in the construction of the lnternational Space Station (ISS), made three space shuttle missions, the first, the STS-73 in 1995 that focused on scientific experiments. Later, he was Director of Operations at NASA's Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City Yuri Gagarin (Russia), where he was in charge of training U.S. astronauts for flights to the lnternational Space Station. In 2000, Lopez-Alegria flew on STS-92 and in 2002 on STS-113, working on the delivery of the essential elements of the ISS structure.
In 2006 he was appointed commander of the lnternational Space Station and made his fourth and last mission (Expedition 14), the longest ever by any American. The Lopez Alegria crew was seven months operating, constructing and using the station and its research facilities. Since April 2007, he was Director of Operations of the flight crew at NASA's Johnson Space Center (Houston).
Overall it has been more than 257 days in space, has made 1O voyages lasting 67 hours and 40 minutes and is second in the record books, following the Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Soloyev.
Since March 2012 from 2014 , Michael Lopez-Alegria was President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an organization that promotes leadership in aerospace commercial space flight fostering technological innovation and encouraging young people to study science and engineering careers.
Michael Lopez-Alegria is a recognized thought leader and has extensive experience with public speaking, media appearances and publicity campaigns. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Russian.
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