Saturday, September 17, 2022

NASA Astronaut Michael E. López-Alegría | Space Shuttle Flight STS-92

NASA Astronaut Michael E. López-Alegría | Space Shuttle Flight STS-92

Astronaut Michael E. López-Alegría, mission specialist, is photographed in this close-up view during one of the STS-92 spacewalks on Oct. 18, 2000. During his NASA career, López-Alegría logged more than 257 days in space and performed 10 spacewalks totaling 67 hours and 40 minutes. He flew on the STS-73, STS-92 and STS-113 space shuttle missions and spent seven months on the International Space Station (ISS) as commander of Expedition 14. In 2022, he served as commander of Axiom Mission 1, the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station. 

López-Alegría holds the record for the most extravehicular activities (spacewalks) ever performed, at 10 different excursions. His various NASA achievements earned him an induction in the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2020.

López-Alegría is a former president of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a former member of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, and former part of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Another of his many affiliations is past president of the Association of Space Explorers USA.

Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the contributions of the brilliant Hispanic people of NASA are being celebrated.

Image Credit: NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Image Date: October 18, 2000

Release Date: September 15, 2022

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