|Michael L. Lampton|
|UC Berkeley Payload Specialist|
March 1, 1941 |
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Physicist, Space Sciences Laboratory|
Michael Logan Lampton (born March 1, 1941) is an American astronaut, founder of the optical ray tracing company Stellar Software, and known for his paper on electroacoustics with Susan M Lea, The theory of maximally flat loudspeaker systems.
- Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Caltech, 1962
- Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California-Berkeley, 1967
Lampton has been heavily involved with the SNAP project. SNAP, the Supernova/Acceleration Probe, will study exploding stars called supernovae, as well as the gentle smearing of the light from distant galaxies due to gravity — called weak gravitational lensing — and put limits on what may or may not be the force driving the outward pull on the Universe. SNAP will investigate over one thousand square degrees of sky with a 500 megapixel camera.
SNAP is part of the Joint Dark Energy Mission (JDEM), which is a cooperative venture between NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy. SNAP collaborators John Mather and George Smoot were awarded the 2006 Nobel prize in physics.
Career with NASA
Lampton was a NASA astronaut from 1978 to 1992. Below is a list of the missions he was a part of.
|1983||STS-9/Columbia||selected and served as backup payload specialist|
|1985||STS-51-H/Spacelab EOM 1 mission||selected as payload specialist (mission cancelled after the technical problems|
|1986||STS-61-K/Spacelab EOM 1-2 mission||selected as payload specialist (mission cancelled after the Challenger accident)|
|1989||STS-45/ATLAS-1||selected as payload specialist (the same mission as STS-61K—but renamed), replaced by backup payload specialist Dirk Frimout due to medical problems |
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