- Carl E. Walz
name =Carl Erwin Walz
September 6 1955
selection =1990 NASA Group
time =230d 13h 04m
STS-51, STS-65, STS-79, STS-108, Expedition 4, STS-111
Carl Erwin Walz (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) is a
NASA astronautcurrently assigned to the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Walz is the Acting Director for the Advanced Capabilities Division in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. He is responsible for a broad range of activities to include Human Research, Technology Development, Nuclear Powerand Propulsion and the Lunar Robotic Exploration Programs to support the Vision for Space Exploration.
September 6 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. Married to the former Pamela J. Glady of Lyndhurst, Ohio. They have two children. He enjoys pianoand vocal music, sports, and was the lead singer for Max Q, a rock-n-roll band comprising astronauts.
Charles F. Brush High School, Lyndhurst, Ohio, in 1973; received a bachelor of sciencedegree in physicsfrom Kent State University, Ohio, in 1977, and a master of sciencein solid state physicsfrom John Carroll University, Ohio, in 1979.
American Legion, Kent State University Alumni Association, John Carroll University Alumni Association, and the Association of Space Explorers.
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kent State University. Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the USAF Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf, the USAF Commendation Medal, and the USAF Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. Distinguished Graduate from the USAF Test Pilot School, Class 83A. Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Awarded three NASA Space Flight Medals, NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Distinguished Alumnus Award, Kent State University, 1997.
From 1979 to 1982, Walz was responsible for analysis of radioactive samples from the Atomic Energy Detection System at the 1155th Technical Operations Squadron,
McClellan Air Force Base, California. The subsequent year was spent in study as a Flight Test Engineer at the USAF Test Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California. From January 1984 to June 1987, Walz served as a Flight Test Engineer to the F-16Combined Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, where he worked on a variety of F-16C airframe avionics and armament development programs. From July 1987 to June 1990, he served as a Flight Test Manager at Detachment 3, Air Force Flight Test Center.
Selected by NASA in January 1990, Walz is a veteran of four space flights, and has logged 231 days in space. He was a mission specialist on
STS-51(1993), was the Orbiter flight engineer (MS-2) on STS-65(1994), was a mission specialist on STS-79(1996), and served as flight engineer on ISS Expedition 4(2001-2002). Carl Walz and fellow astronaut Dan Burschcurrently hold the U.S. space flight endurance record of 196 days in space.
pace flight experience
STS-51Discovery ( September 12-22, 1993). During the mission, the five-member crew deployed the U.S. Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), and the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS) with NASA and German scientific experiments aboard. Walz also participated in a 7-hour space walk (EVA) to evaluate tools for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. The mission was accomplished in 9 days, 22 hours, and 12 minutes. STS-65Columbia ( July 8-23, 1994). STS-65 flew the second International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-2) spacelab module, and carried a crew of seven. During the 15-day flight the crew conducted more than 80 experiments focusing on materials and life sciences research in microgravity. The mission completed 236 orbits of the Earth, traveling 6.1 million miles, setting a new flight duration record for the Shuttle program. STS-79Atlantis ( September 16-26, 1996). On STS-79 the six-member crew aboard Atlantis docked with the Russian Mirstation, delivered food, water, U.S. scientific experiments and Russian equipment, and exchanged NASA long duration crewmembers. During the mission, the Atlantis/Mir complex set a record for docked mass in space. STS-79 was the first flight of the double Spacehabmodule, and landed at KSC after 10 days 3 hours and 13 minutes.
Expedition 4crew launched on December 5, 2001aboard STS-108and docked with the International Space Stationon December 7 2001. During a 6-1/2 month stay aboard the Space Station, the crew of three (two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut) performed flight tests of the station hardware, conducted internal and external maintenance tasks, and developed the capability of the station to support the addition of science experiments. The crew spent 196 days in space establishing a U.S. space flight endurance record for Carl Walz and crew mate Dan Bursch. Wearing the Russian Orlan space suit, Walz logged 11 hours and 52 minutes of EVA time in two separate spacewalks. The Expedition 4 crew returned to Earth aboard STS-111, with Endeavour landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 19 2002.
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