Jack D. Fischer (Colonel, U.S. Air Force) was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in July 2009, and completed his training in 2011. The Colorado native served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station of the Expedition 51/52. He returned to Earth Sept. 2 from his first mission where he logged 136 days in space and conducted two spacewalks. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Colonel Fischer is an Air Force Command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in more than 45 types of aircraft.
At this unique event, Colonel Fischer discussed what life was like living and working aboard the International Space Station including the research investigations he conducted in microgravity, the importance of international collaboration in space, and how space policy has evolved in his tenure as a NASA astronaut. Colonel Fischer also participated in a Q&A moderated by Space Policy Institute research professor, Dr. Henry R. Herztfeld.