Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Jeffrey Nels


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Personal data

Birthdate:  18.01.1958
Birthplace:  Superior / Wisconsin
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  01.05.1996
Selection group:  NASA-16
Position:  MSP
Status:  active


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-101  MSP  19.05.2000 - 29.05.2000 9d 20h 10m 
2  Soyuz TMA-8 / ISS-13  Flight Engineer  30.03.2006 - 29.09.2006 182d 22h 43m 
3  Soyuz TMA-16 / ISS-21 / ISS-22  Flight Engineer / ISS-CDR  30.09.2009 - 18.03.2010 169d 04h 10m 
Total  361d 23h 03m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Soyuz TMA-7  Flight Engineer
2  Soyuz TMA-14  Flight Engineer
3  Soyuz TMA-16M  Flight Engineer

Additional information

Bachelor of science in applied sciences and engineering from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, 1980; master of science in aeronautical engineering and degree of aeronautical engineer from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, both 1987; master of arts in national security and strategic studies from U.S. Naval War College, 1986; Colonel, USA, Ret. (in June 2007); unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut groups 12 and 14; Chief of Operations Development Office, Flight Crew Operations Directorate, NASA; hobbies: Running, fishing, camping, skiing, scuba diving, woodworking, parachuting.

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Last update on March 27, 2015.