Christopher Cassidy

Christopher Cassidy
NASA Astronaut
BornChristopher John Cassidy
(1970-01-04) January 4, 1970 (age 47)
Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other occupation
Alma mater
USNA, B.S. 1993
MIT, M.S. 2000
RankCaptain, USN
Time in space
181 days, 23 hours
Selection2004 NASA Group 19
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
31 hours and 14 minutes
MissionsSTS-127, Soyuz TMA-08M (Expedition 35/36)
Mission insignia
STS-127 patch.png Soyuz-TMA-08M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 35 Patch.png ISS Expedition 36 Patch.png


Christopher John “Chris” Cassidy (given birth to January 4, 1970, in Salem, Massachusetts) is a NASA astronaut and USA Navy SEAL. Chris Cassidy accomplished the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy. He was the principle from the Astronaut Workplace at NASA from July 2015 until June 2017. Cassidy attended York SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, in York, Maine. Then graduated through the Naval Academy Preparatory College in Newport, Rhode Isle, in 1989. He received a Bachelor of Technology level in Mathematics from america Naval Academy in 1993 and a Expert of Science level in Ocean Executive from MIT in 2000. Within the Navy, Cassidy approved BUD/S and became a Navy SEAL. While a SEAL he offered several trips of duty assisting the battle in the Battle on Terror. His 1st spaceflight was on Space Shuttle objective STS-127, and his second was like a trip engineer for Expedition 35/36, released aboard Soyuz TMA-08M. He is at space between July 15–31, 2009 and March 28 – Sept 10, 2013. Cassidy spent some time working like a CAPCOM for both International Space Train station and Space Shuttle missions before.

Military experience

Cassidy graduated from BUD/S Course 192. He offered for a decade as an associate from the Navy SEALs. His specializations in armed forces tactics include lengthy range particular reconnaissance (vehicular and feet patrols), direct actions building assaults, noncompliant ship-boardings, desert reconnaissance patrols, fight diving, underwater explosives, and a number of air functions, including parachuting, fast roping, and rappelling. He produced four six-month deployments: two to Afghanistan, and two towards the MEDITERRANEAN AND BEYOND. Cassidy offered as Executive Official and Operations Official of Special Vessel Group 20 in Norfolk, Virginia, and SEAL Platoon Commander at SEAL Group 3 in Coronado, California. He deployed towards the Afghanistan area two weeks following the Sept 11 episodes. He offered as Floor Assault Pressure Commander for worldwide and U.S.-just combat missions in Afghanistan. Cassidy led 8 weeks of noncompliant ship-boardings in the North Persian Gulf. Cassidy was also a SEAL Delivery Automobile (SDV) Platoon Commander at SEAL Delivery Automobile Group Two in Norfolk. He gathered over 200 hours underwater as Pilot / Navigator / Objective Commander of the two-man flooded submersible (SDV), which is certainly launched and retrieved from a host-ship submarine. He also offered as Dry out Deck Shelter Platoon Commander at SEAL Delivery Automobile Group Two in Norfolk. Cassidy volunteered for and finished a week-long, 180-mile charity kayak paddle from Norfolk, Virginia to Washington, D.C. to improve money and understanding for the Particular Operations Warrior Base.

NASA career

Cassidy was selected seeing that an astronaut applicant by NASA in-may 2004. In Feb 2006 he finished Astronaut Candidate Schooling, which included technological and specialized briefings, intensive education in Space Shuttle and International Space Place systems, physiological schooling, T-38 Talon air travel training, and drinking water and wilderness success training. Completion of the initial training experienced him for several technical assignments inside the Astronaut Workplace and future air travel assignment being a mission specialist.


He was a Objective Expert on STS-127, and performed a complete of 3 spacewalks to greatly help install and complete the different parts of the Japanese Test Module.

Expedition 35/36

Cassidy was assigned towards the Expedition 35 team as a airline flight engineer and flew towards the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-08M (US designation: 34S), which launched on March 28, 2013. ON, MAY 11, 2013, Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn performed an unplanned spacewalk to displace a pump controller package suspected to bring on an ammonia coolant drip.Cassidy participated in two All of us spacewalks from your ISS in June/July 2013. On July 16, 2013, he was became a member of by Luca Parmitano on the spacewalk. The EVA was cut brief when Parmitano reported drinking water floating behind his mind inside his helmet. Through the EVA, Cassidy required his space selfie. That picture became one of the better selfies of 2013 outlined by many information sites.

Chief of the Astronaut Office

Cassidy was named Main from the Astronaut Office in NASA in July 2015, succeeding Robert L. Behnken.On June 2, 2017, Cassidy was replaced by Patrick G. Forrester simply because Chief from the Astronaut Workplace and was came back to normal air travel status.

Awards and honors

Cassidy can be an honor graduate of Fundamental Underwater Demolition/SEAL teaching (BUD/S) Course 192. He was granted the Bronze Celebrity with "V" gadget as well as the Presidential Device Citation for leading a 9-day time operation in the Zhawar Kili cave complicated – a nationwide priority objective on the Afghan/Pakistan boundary during Operation Long lasting Independence. Cassidy was a visitor speaker in the USNA Fight Leadership Workshop (2003 & 2004). He was granted another Bronze Celebrity for combat management services in 2004 during Procedure Enduring Independence in Afghanistan.Chris Cassidy can be the 500th person in space. He accomplished this when you are the designated team member by the others of his team mates, through the STS-127 objective. He's also the next SEAL to journey in space pursuing William Shepherd, a experienced of four preceding missions.

Awards and decorations

Bronze Superstar with valor gadget and award star Fight Actions Ribbon Presidential Device Citation National Protection Provider Medal with provider star MILITARY Expeditionary Medal Afghanistan Advertising campaign Medal Global Battle in Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Ocean Provider Deployment Ribbon NASA Exceptional Accomplishment Medal NASA Space Air travel Medal