Michael J. Foreman (Captain, USN, RET.)
EDUCATION: Graduated from Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, Ohio, in 1975; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1986.
AWARDS: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various other service awards.
EXPERIENCE: Foreman was designated as a Naval Aviator in January 1981 and assigned to Patrol Squadron 23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. He made deployments to Rota, Spain; Lajes, Azores; Bermuda and Panama. Following this tour, he attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he earned a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering in 1986. He retired from the Navy in June 2009. He has logged over 6,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. A veteran of two space flights, Foreman flew on STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-129 in November 2009 and has logged more than 637 hours in space, including 32 hours and 19 minutes of EVA in five spacewalks.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-123 Endeavour (March 11 to March 26, 2008) was a night launch and landing. It was the 25th shuttle/station assembly mission. Endeavour’s crew delivered the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section, the first pressurized component of JAXA’s Kibo Laboratory and the final element of the station’s Mobile Servicing System, the Canadian-built Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator. While on the station, Foreman performed three spacewalks for a total of 19 hours and 34 minutes of EVA. The STS-123 crew also delivered Expedition 16 flight engineer, Garrett Reisman, and returned to Earth with ESA’s Léopold Eyharts. The mission was accomplished in 250 orbits of the Earth, traveling more than 6.5 million miles in 15 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes and 54 seconds.
STS-129 (November 16 to November 29, 2009) was the 31st shuttle flight to the International Space Station. During the mission, the crew delivered two Express Logistics Carriers (ELC racks) to the International Space Station, about 30,000 pounds of replacement parts for systems that provide power to the station, keep it from overheating and maintain proper orientation in space. During the mission, Foreman performed two spacewalks for a total of 12 hours and 45 minutes of EVA . The STS-129 mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles in 171 orbits, and returned to Earth, bringing back with them NASA Astronaut, Nicole Stott, following her tour of duty aboard the space station.