Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates

Sullivan

Thomas A. "Tom"

USA

Personal data

Birthdate:  
Birthplace:  Evergreen Park / Illinois
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  ??.??.1991 / ??.??.1994 / ??.??.1997
Position:  MSP
Status:  Ret. 31.03.1992 / 08.12.1994 / 05.06.1998

Additional information

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1977; worked for Amoco Chemicals Corp. for a total of nearly one year during the summers of his college years; Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1981; joined E. I. DuPont, Inc. as a Research Chemist at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware; after more than three years he moved to a manufacturing site in La Porte, Texas with DuPont's Agricultural Chemicals Department; in the summer 1989 he joined the NASA; involved in the 90-day study on the Space Exploration Initiative commissioned by President Bush on the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing; was involved in several studies concerning Lunar and Mars Exploration and Space Resources Utilization, both in technology development efforts as well as mission studies; Mission Scientist for the Space Shuttle missions to the MIR Space Station and for the first long-term stay of an astronaut on that Station; supported the Payload Planning and Resources Office of the International Space Station Program Office; became the Increment Scientist for the Human Life Sciences Research Program on ISS; at the time of selection employed by NASA Johnson Space Center; semi finalist in NASA group 14, 15 and 17 selections; currently Exploration Program Scientist for the Space and Life Sciences Directorate, coordinating the flow of data and issues concerning humans in space for the exploration of Mars and other destinations.

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