Portrait of Stephen Oswald
Stephen Oswald is an American astronaut who was born on June 30, 1951, in
Seattle, Washington. Oswald is married and has three children.
Oswald graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973. He has logged over 7,000 hours of flight time in over 40 different aircraft!
Oswald became an astronaut in 1986. He spent about 33 days in space
on three shuttle missions.
Oswald made his first flight as pilot of STS-42 in 1992. This was the
first International Microgravity Lab. The crew conducted over 55
experiments on this flight.
In 1993, Oswald piloted STS-56. The crew studied the Earth's atmosphere
during this mission. Oswald made his last flight aboard STS-67 in 1995 where he served as commander of the Endeavour flight.
Oswald retired from NASA in January 2000. Oswald is now a Captain in the Naval Reserve and is currently assigned to the Office of Naval Research.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....more
Andrew Allen is an American astronaut who was born on August 4, 1955 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronauts, Allen was a Navy and Marines pilot. He has flown over 4500 hours on more than 30 different...more
Jay Apt is an American astronaut who was born on April 28, 1949 in Massachusetts. Before he became an astronaut, Apt was a physicist who worked on the Venus space probe project. Apt joined NASA in 198...more
Neil Armstrong is an American astronaut who was born in Ohio in 1930. Before entering the space program, he was a pilot for the U.S. Navy and Air Force, flying gliders, helicopters, and jets. Armstrong...more
Ellen Baker is an American astronaut who was born on April 27, 1953 in North Carolina. Before she became an astronaut she was a geologist and a medical doctor. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer in...more
Michael Baker is an American astronaut who was born on October 27, 1953 in Tennessee. Before he became an astronaut, Baker was a Navy pilot. He logged over 5000 hours of flight time aboard 50 different...more
John Blaha is an American astronaut who was born on August 26, 1942 in Texas. Before he became an astronaut, Blaha was an Air Force pilot. He has flown over 5500 hours in 33 different types of aircraft....more
Guion Bluford is an American astronaut who was born on November 22, 1942 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronaut, Bluford was a pilot for the Air Force. He flew over 4800 hours on several different...more