|Robert Lee Satcher, Jr.|
September 22, 1965 |
Time in space
|10d 19h 16m |
|Selection||2004 NASA Group 19|
Robert Lee "Bobby" Satcher, Jr. (born on September 22, 1965 in Hampton, Virginia) is a physician, chemical engineer, and NASA astronaut. He became the first orthopedic surgeon in space during STS-129. He participated in 2 spacewalks during STS-129, accumulating 12hrs 19min of EVA time. Satcher holds two doctorates (Ph.D., M.D.) and has received numerous awards and honors as a surgeon and engineer. He is married and has two children. Bobby Satcher enjoys running, scuba diving, and reading.
Born in Compton, California, Satcher graduated from Denmark-Olar High School in Denmark, SC (1982), and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a Nugget in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then went on to study medicine at Harvard Medical School, and received his medical doctorate in 1994. Satcher did his internship, residency, and postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco from 1994–2000, and an orthopedic oncology fellowship at the University of Florida from 2000-2001.
Prior to being accepted into the astronaut program by NASA, Satcher was the Assistant Professor at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Satcher also held appointments as an Attending Physician in Orthopaedic Surgery at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in Musculoskeletal Oncology; and an Adjunct Appointment in The Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University School of Engineering.
Satcher was also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Advanced Medicine at Northwestern University. Satcher was also a Schweitzer Fellow at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, in Lambaréné, Gabon. Satcher's experience in engineering includes internships at DuPont in the Textile Fibers Research Group, and the Polymer Products Division.
Selected by NASA in May 2004, Satcher completed Astronaut Candidate Training in February, 2006. Satcher later worked on the STS-129 mission as a Mission Specialist. Satcher spent over 259 hours in space and participated in two of the three spacewalks, totaling 12hr 19min.
Awards and honors
Satcher was a National Merit Scholar, and received the Monsanto Award and the Albert G. Hill Award from MIT, fellowships from both the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UNCF/Merck Research department, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (2008). "Robert L. Satcher, Jr. (Ph.D., M.D.)". NASA. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
- Northwestern University (2009). "Northwestern Doctor Will Be First Orthopedic Surgeon in Space". Northwestern University. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
- NASA (2008). "NASA Assigns Crew For Space Shuttle Discovery's Sts-129 Mission". NASA. Retrieved 2010-02-22.