Edward Tsang Lu,
PERSONAL DATA: Born July 1, 1963, in
Springfield, Massachusetts. Considers Honolulu, Hawaii, and
Webster, New York, to be his hometowns. Unmarried. He enjoys
aerobatic flying, coaching wrestling, piano, tennis, surfing,
skiing, travel. His parents, Charlie and Snowlily Lu, reside in
Graduated from R.L. Thomas
High School, Webster, New York, in 1980. Bachelor of science
degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, 1984.
Doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University, 1989.
ORGANIZATIONS: American Astronomical
Society, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental
Presidential Scholar, Hughes Aircraft Company Masters Fellow.
EXPERIENCE: Since obtaining his Ph.D.,
Dr. Lu has been a research physicist working in the fields of
solar physics and astrophysics. He was a visiting scientist at
the High Altitude Observatory in Boulder, Colorado, from 1989
until 1992, the final year holding a joint appointment with the
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics at the University of
Colorado. From 1992 until 1995, he was a postdoctoral fellow at
the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Lu has
developed a number of new theoretical advances which have
provided for the first time a basic understanding of the
underlying physics of solar flares. He has published articles on
a wide range of topics including solar flares, cosmology, solar
oscillations, statistical mechanics, and plasma physics. He holds
a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine
ratings, and has over 1000 hours of flying time.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected by NASA in
December 1994, Dr. Lu reported to the Johnson Space Center in
March 1995, has completed a year of training and evaluation, and
is qualified for assignment as a mission specialist. Among
technical assignments held since then Dr. Lu has worked in the
astronaut office computer support branch, and has served as lead
astronaut for Space Station training issues. Dr. Lu flew as a
mission specialist on STS-84 in 1997, and was a mission
specialist and payload commander on STS-106 in 2000. Twice flown,
Dr. Lu has logged over 504 hours in space, and an EVA (spacewalk)
totalling 6 hours and 14 minutes. Currently, Dr. Lu is assigned
to the crew of ISS Expedition-7.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-84 Atlantis
(May 15-24, 1997), was NASA’s sixth Shuttle mission to rendezvous
and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. In completing this
9-day mission, Dr. Lu traveled 3.6 million miles in 144 orbits of
the Earth logging a total of 221 hours and 20 minutes in space.
STS-106 Atlantis (September 8-20, 2000).
During the 12-day mission, the crew successfully prepared the
International Space Station for the arrival of the first
permanent crew. The five astronauts and two cosmonauts delivered
more than 6,600 pounds of supplies and installed batteries, power
converters, life support, and exercise equipment on the Space
Station. Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko performed a 6 hour and 14
minute space walk in order to connect power, data and
communications cables to the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module
and the Space Station. STS-106 orbited the Earth 185 times, and
covered 4.9 million miles in 11 days, 19 hours, and 10 minutes.
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