Astronaut Steve Smith
STS-82 Mission Specialist
- Born December 30, 1958, in Phoenix, Arizona,
but considers San Jose, California, to be his hometown. His parents,
Robert & Lillian Smith, reside in San Jose, California. His sister, Paula
Wendell, resides in Oakton, Virginia.
- Brown hair; blue eyes; 6 feet 3
inches; 180 pounds.
- Graduated from Leland High School, San Jose,
California, in 1977; received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering from Stanford University in 1981; a master of science degree
in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1982; and a
master's degree in business administration from Stanford University in
- Enjoys flying, scuba diving,
basketball, camping, and traveling.
- Member, Association of Space Explorers,
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Lindbergh Foundation Grants
Technical Review Panel, and the Houston Metropolitan Special Olympics
- NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Performance
Award for Excellence, IBM Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, IBM
Outstanding Community Service Award. Seven-time high school and
collegiate All-American in swimming and water polo. Two-time National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Champion at Stanford in water polo.
Captain of the 1980 NCAA Championship team.
- Steve Smith worked for IBM in the Large Scale
Integration (semiconductor) Technology Group in San Jose as a technical
group lead from 1982 until 1985. During that time, he was responsible for
the development of electron beam chemical and lithographic processes.
Following a leave to pursue graduate studies, Smith returned to IBM's
Hardware and Systems Management Group in Santa Clara as a product manager
for voice and telephony products until 1989.
- Smith joined NASA in 1989 in the Payload
Operations Branch, Mission Operations Directorate. As a payload officer,
his duties included preflight payload integration and real-time flight
controller support in Mission Control. Preflight integration activities
included Shuttle/payload integrated operations development, crew
procedures development, and spacecraft design review. Smith supported
STS-31, STS-37, STS-48, and STS-49 from Mission Control. He was selected
as an astronaut candidate by NASA in March 1992 and reported for training
in August 1992.
In August 1993, Smith completed one year of astronaut candidate training.
He served as the Astronaut Office representative for the Space Shuttle
main engines, the solid rocket boosters, the external tank, and Shuttle
safety from April to November 1993. In September 1993, Smith became the
first member of the 1992 astronaut class to receive a flight
Smith served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on
Mission STS-68. STS-68 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center on
September 30, 1994, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 11,
1994. Smith's responsibilities during the 11-day flight were split
between Shuttle systems, Space Radar Lab 2 (SRL-2, the flight's primary
payload), and several experiments located in the crew cabin. Smith was
one of two crewmen trained to perform a space walk had one been required.
As part of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth, SRL-2 studied the Earth's
surface and atmosphere, creating radar images of the Earth's surface
environment and mapping global carbon monoxide pollution. The mission was
a highly successful test of technology intended for long-term
environmental and geological monitoring of planet Earth. Endeavour
circled Earth 183 times and traveled 4.7 million miles during the 269 hour
and 46 minute flight.
From November 1994 until March 1996, Smith was one of three astronauts
assigned to duties at the Kennedy Space Center as members of the astronaut
support team. The team was responsible for Space Shuttle prelaunch
vehicle checkout, crew ingress and strap-in prior to launch, and crew
egress post landing.
- Steve Smith is assigned as a mission
specialist on the STS-82 mission scheduled for the Spring of 1997. During
the mission the crew will retrieve, service, and re-deploy the Hubble
Space Telescope (HST). Smith will perform two spacewalks as part of the
HST servicing work.