Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas

Date of Birth: 18.12.1951
Country: Australia

  1. Biography of Andrew Sydney W. Thomas
  2. Career
  3. Space Missions
  4. Awards and Interests

Biography of Andrew Sydney W. Thomas

Andrew Sydney Whitfield Thomas is an American aerospace engineer and astronaut currently serving in NASA. He was born on December 18, 1951, in Adelaide, Australia. Thomas received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 1973, and later completed his doctorate in the same field in 1996.


Starting in 1977, Thomas worked at the Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta, Georgia, USA. In 1989, he joined the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he conducted research in the field of microgravity.

Space Missions

In March 1992, Thomas was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate. From August 1992 to August 1993, he underwent comprehensive training at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Thomas embarked on his first spaceflight from May 19 to May 29, 1996, as a Mission Specialist and Flight Engineer aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour for the STS-77 mission. The main objective of the mission was to conduct scientific research in the Spacehab module.

His second spaceflight took place from January 22 to June 12, 1998, as a payload specialist onboard the Russian Mir Orbital Complex. He was transported to the complex on the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-89) and returned to Earth on the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-91). This mission lasted for an impressive duration of 140 days, 15 hours, 12 minutes, and 9 seconds.

Thomas's third and final spaceflight occurred from March 8 to March 21, 2001, as a Mission Specialist onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery for the STS-102 mission. The primary objective of this mission was to deliver the crew of the second long-duration expedition to the International Space Station and conduct various tasks on the station. Thomas also participated in a spacewalk, lasting 6 hours and 21 minutes, during this mission. In total, he spent a cumulative total of 163 days, 11 hours, and 41 minutes in space over his three missions.

Awards and Interests

Andrew Sydney W. Thomas has been awarded the NASA Space Flight Medal three times, in 1996, 1998, and 2001. He is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In his personal life, Thomas is unmarried and has a passion for equestrian sports, tourism, surfing, and playing the guitar.