Last Updated: 09 May, 2023 | Views: 275
Other Profession(s): Flight Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer
Famous For: Trailblazing Astronaut And Engineer
Higher Education: Graduate
Lisa Marie Nowak is a former NASA astronaut, American aerospace engineer, and officer in the US Navy. Nowak worked as a test pilot and naval flight officer in the Navy before being chosen by NASA for NASA Astronaut Group 16 in 1996 and becoming qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. She took part in the STS-121 mission space shuttle Discovery in July 2006, where she was in charge of controlling the robotic arms of the aircraft and the International Space Station. She pled guilty to felony burglary and misdemeanor battery charges after being involved in a highly publicized criminal misconduct incident in 2007, which resulted in her demotion to commander and termination from NASA and the Navy.
In 1985: Nowak got instructions to report to the Florida-based Naval Air Station Pensacola for pilot training.
In 1987: She qualified as a naval flight officer (NFO) on the T-2 Buckeye, T-39 Sabreliner, and TA-4J Skyhawk at Naval Air Station Pensacola.
In 1996: Nowak was named as a mission specialist by NASA, among the 10 pilot candidates officially announced.
In 1998: She finished her training as an astronaut.
In 2004: NASA Officially announced that Nowak and her colleague Stephanie Wilson would represent the STS-121 crew as additional mission experts.
Achievements and Awards:
She earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal during her career in the Navy. Nowak flew more than 1,500 hours in more than 30 aircraft during her Naval career.
Nowak obtained her naval flight officer certification in 1987. She flew more than 30 different types of aircraft for more than 1500 hours.
After Nowak earned her degree in 1994, she was given a job at the Naval Air Systems Command working on the purchase of new systems for naval aircraft.