Stephen Frick

Stephen Nathaniel Frick (born September 30, 1964)[1] is an American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Frick graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 1982, earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1986, was commissioned as a United States Navy officer, and trained as an F/A-18 fighter pilot.[2] Stationed aboard the carrier USS Saratoga, he flew combat missions during the Gulf War and then earned a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994.[2][3]

Stephen Frick
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Born (1964-09-30) September 30, 1964 (age 58)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationTest pilot
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankCaptain, USN
Time in space
23d 14h 04m
Selection1996 NASA Group
MissionsSTS-110, STS-122
Mission insignia
Sts-110-patch.png STS-122 patch.png

Frick was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 1996 and was trained as a Space Shuttle pilot. He piloted mission STS-110, a docking mission with the International Space Station.[2]

In July 2006, Frick was assigned to command the crew of STS-122. The 12-day mission delivered the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory and returned Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel M. Tani to Earth. The mission launched February 7, 2008, and touched down February 20, 2008.[2] NASA announced his retirement in July 2015.[4]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Distinguished Flying Cross; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; 3 Navy Commendation Medals, one with Combat V; Air Medal with 2 Strike-Flight awards; 2 Southwest Asia Service Medals; NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal; NASA Spaceflight Medal[2]


  1. ^ "U.S. astronauts with Western Pennsylvania connections". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. February 13, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Stephen N. Frick (Captain, USN, RET.) NASA Astronaut" (PDF). NASA. October 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2021.
  3. ^ Ellis, Lee (2004). Who's who of NASA astronauts. Americana Group Publishing. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-9667961-4-8.
  4. ^ "Astronaut Stephen Frick Retires from NASA". NASA. July 27, 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.

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