Saturday, July 16, 2022

NASA Astronaut Portrait: Thomas Marshburn in EMU | Johnson Space Center

NASA Astronaut Portrait: Thomas Marshburn in EMU | Johnson Space Center

Official NASA portrait of astronaut Tom Marshburn wearing the Extravehicular Mobility Unit spacesuit in Building 8’s photo studio at the Johnson Space Center, July 19, 2021. 

The Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) is an independent anthropomorphic spacesuit that provides environmental protection, mobility, life support, and communications for astronauts performing extravehicular activity (EVA) in Earth orbit. Introduced in 1981, it is a two-piece semi-rigid suit, and is currently one of two types of EVA spacesuits used by crew members on the International Space Station (ISS), the other being the Russian Orlan spacesuit. It was used by NASA's Space Shuttle astronauts prior to the end of the Shuttle program in 2011.

Tom took part in his third spaceflight, SpaceX Crew-3, as a member of Expedition 66/67, which launched to the International Space Station on November 10, 2021. Tom returned to Earth on May 6, 2022 after 177 days in space. 

Tom Marshburn's Previous Spaceflight Experience

Marshburn's first flight was on STS-127, which lifted off on July 15, 2009 at 6:03 p.m. EDT and landed on July 31, 2009. The mission delivered the Japanese-built Exposed Facility (JEM-EF) and the Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section (ELM-ES) to the International Space Station. Marshburn took part in three spacewalks during the mission.

Expedition 34/35
Marshburn served as a Flight Engineer on Expedition 34/35 to the International Space Station, launching aboard Soyuz TMA-07M on December 19, 2012, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with crew members Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko. The crew was welcomed aboard the ISS by Expedition 34 commander Kevin A. Ford and cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy. On May 11, 2013, Marshburn and Expedition 35 flight engineer Christopher Cassidy performed an unplanned spacewalk to replace a pump controller box suspected to be the source of an ammonia coolant leak. Marshburn and his crew returned to Earth on May 13, 2013.

Astronaut Thomas Marshburn's Official NASA Biography

Image Credit: Josh Valcarcel

Image Date: July 19, 2021

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