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Steven A. Hawley (Ph.D.)


Hawley was born December 12, 1951, in Ottawa, Kansas, but considers Salina, Kansas, to be his hometown. Married to the former Eileen M. Keegan of Redondo Beach, California. Dr. Hawley graduated from Salina (Central) High School, Salina, Kansas, in 1969; received bachelor of arts degrees in physics and astronomy (graduating with highest distinction) from the University of Kansas in 1973, and a doctor of philosophy in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California in 1977.

Dr. Hawley was selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1978. Prior to STS-1, he served as a simulator pilot for software checkout at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL). For STS-2, STS-3, and STS-4, he was a member of the astronaut support crew at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for Orbiter test and checkout, and also served as prime close-out crewman for STS-3 and STS-4. During 1984-1985, he was Technical Assistant to the Director, Flight Crew Operations. From 1987-1990, he was the Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office. In June 1990, he left the Astronaut Office to assume the post of Associate Director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California. In August 1992, he returned to the Johnson Space Center as Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations. Dr. Hawley was returned to astronaut flight status in February 1996. He served on the second Hubble Space Telescope mission and returned to duty as Deputy Director, Flight Crew Operations.

A veteran of four space flights (STS-41D in 1984, STS-61C in 1986, STS-31 in 1990 and STS-82 in 1997), Dr. Hawley has logged 27 days in space. In March 1998, Dr. Hawley was named to the crew of STS-93 on a 5-day mission aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. STS-93 will feature the deployment of the Chandra X-ray Observatory, also known as the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility Imaging System (AXAF), the third element in NASA's Great Observatories program. Designed to conduct comprehensive studies of the universe, Chandra will enable scientists study exotic phenomena such as exploding stars, quasars, and black holes. STS-93 is scheduled for launch in April, 1999.

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