Andrew Jay "Drew" Feustel is an American/Canadian NASA astronaut and geophysicist. Feustel began his career as a geophysicist before being selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in July 2000. He has completed three space flights with NASA and served on significant missions, including repairing the Hubble Space Telescope during STS-125 in May 2009. During this mission, Feustel conducted three spacewalks, contributing to the successful repair of the telescope aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. His second spaceflight, STS-134, took place from May 16 to June 1, 2011, making it the penultimate Space Shuttle flight.
On March 21, 2018, Feustel embarked on his third spaceflight as part of Expedition 55/56, where he served as a flight engineer and later became the International Space Station (ISS) commander for Expedition 56. Throughout his astronaut career, Feustel demonstrated his technical expertise, performing multiple spacewalks and contributing to scientific experiments aboard the ISS.
Feustel served as both the Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office and Acting Chief of the Astronaut Office before he announced his retirement after 23 years with the agency. His contributions to space exploration and scientific research have left an enduring impact on the field of astronautics, inspiring future generations to push the boundaries of human exploration in space.
Before joining NASA, Feustel attended Purdue University, earning a BS degree in Solid Earth Sciences in 1989 and an MS degree in Geophysics in 1991. Continuing his pursuit of knowledge, Feustel completed his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, in 1995.
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