Carl Erwin Walz (Colonel,
USAF, Ret.) is a former NASA astronaut currently working for Orbital Sciences Corporation's
Advanced Programs Group as Vice President for Human Space Flight
Operations. Walz was formerly assigned to the Exploration
Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
He was the Acting Director for the Advanced
Capabilities Division in the Exploration Systems Mission
Directorate, and was responsible for a broad range of activities to
include Human Research, Technology Development, Nuclear Power
and Propulsion and the Lunar
Robotic Exploration Programs to support the Vision for Space
September 6 1955, in
Married to the former Pamela J.
They have two children. He enjoys piano
and vocal music
, and was the lead singer for Max Q
, a rock-n-roll band comprising
Graduated from Charles
High School, Lyndhurst,
Ohio, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Kent State University, Ohio, in 1977, and a master of science in solid state physics from John Carroll
University, Ohio, in 1979.
American Legion, Kent State University Alumni Association, John
Carroll University Alumni Association, and the Association of Space
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
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
at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot
School, Edwards Air Force Base, California.
From January 1984 to June 1987,
Walz served as a Flight Test Engineer to the F-16
Combined 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
a mission specialist on STS-79
served as flight engineer on ISS Expedition 4
(2001-2002). Carl Walz and fellow
astronaut Dan Bursch
currently hold the
U.S. space flight endurance record of 196 days in space.
Space flight experience
-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.
-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.
-26, 1996). On STS-79 the
six-member crew aboard Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir
station, 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
module, and landed at KSC
after 10 days 3 hours and 13 minutes.
The Expedition 4
crew launched on
and docked with the International Space Station
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.
Expedition 4 crew returned to Earth aboard STS-111, with Endeavour landing at Edwards Air
Force Base, California, on June 19