This week, Air Force Colonel Jack Fischer arrived aboard the International Space Station to join the Expedition 51 team. NASA astronaut Fischer was accompanied by Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos as he joined the team of three other astronauts, including Commander Peggy Whitson who just broke the record for longest stay aboard the International Space Station.
Over the next four and a half to six months, the astronauts aboard the ISS will conduct approximately 300 experiments aimed at creating new alloys, medicines and other various technologies.
On Monday, Fischer spoke to President Donald Trump over a video call while the President was in the Oval office.
In 1996, Fischer graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering. In 1998, he went on to earn a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After earning his degree he attended Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. He then attended F-15E Strike Eagle training at Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, before being assigned as an operational pilot in the 391st Fighter Squadron Bold Tigers.
After September 11, 2001, Fischer served two combat tours overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch. In June of 2004, Fischer was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (TPS) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He graduated with Class 03-B. In 2006, he returned to Edwards AFB after being involved in weapons testing at Eglin AFB in Florida, and took part in F-22 Combined Test Force and 411th Flight Test Squadron testing.
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