Friday, August 15, 2014
Gregory Chamitoff, born in Montreal to a Jewish family of Russian origin, is an engineer and former NASA astronaut. With a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chamitoff joined Mission Operations at the Johnson Space Center in 1995 as a guidance and control flight controller. In 1998, he was selected as an astronaut candidate. Serving in roles such as Mission Specialist on the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, Chamitoff has logged more than 198 days in space. He is currently a professor of engineering practice at the department of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University.