Dr. Garrett Reisman was selected by NASA as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998. His first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which dropped him off for a 95 day mission aboard the International Space Station, and after which he returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. His second mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which returned Reisman to the Space Station. During these missions, Reisman performed three spacewalks, operated the Space Station Robot Arm and was a flight engineer aboard the Space Shuttle.
Reisman was featured on multiple episodes of The Colbert Report. In 2011, he left NASA to become the DragonRider Program Manager at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California. In his new job, he works with NASA to prepare SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to carry astronauts, and is responsible for contracts with NASA totaling over $500 Million.
Reisman is a major player in both the American space program’s past and future. Reisman holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is an FAA Certified Flight Instructor.
As of October 2015