Jeffrey Hoffman, a former astronaut and Professor of the Practice of Aerospace Engineering in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).
"Dr. Hoffman is a well-respected member of the world's aerospace community," said Dr. Bobby R. Alford, NSBRI Board of Directors chairman. "His background as an astronaut and as a scientist will be beneficial to NSBRI from the operational and research perspectives in its efforts to protect astronaut health."
Hoffman has 36 years of experience related to spaceflight at NASA and MIT. Hoffman was working at MIT's Center for Space Research in 1978 when he was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. He made the first of his five space shuttle flights in 1985 on STS-51D. He also flew on STS-35 in 1990, STS-46 in 1992, STS-61 in 1993 and STS-75 in 1995. He left the Astronaut Corps in 1997 to become NASA's European Representative, a position he held until 2001.
NSBRI is a NASA-funded consortium of institutions studying the health risks related to long-duration spaceflight and developing countermeasures to mitigate the risks. The Institute's science, technology and education projects take place at more than 60 institutions across the United States. MIT is a member of the NSBRI consortium.
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