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Mark Polansky

Former Astronaut, Military Fighter & Test Pilot

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 Mark Polansky Biography

Mark Polansky is a former NASA Astronaut and veteran of three Space Shuttle missions, all of which contributed to assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). He flew on STS-98, STS-116, and STS-127 accumulating close to 1000 hours in space. Polansky graduated from Purdue University with both a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) and was subsequently a distinguished graduate from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training. Polansky then served as a Fighter Pilot in the F-15 and F-5E aircraft. He was then selected to attend USAF Test Pilot School, where he was a distinguished graduate. Polansky’s final Air Force assignment was as a Test Pilot in the F-15 and A-10 aircraft.

Following his Air Force career, Polansky joined NASA as an Instructor and Research Pilot at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In that capacity, he instructed all astronauts in the T-38 aircraft, and he instructed all Shuttle pilots in NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft.

Selected as an astronaut in 1996, Polansky flew three Shuttle missions in space. His first flight was STS-98 in 2001 onboard Atlantis, where he served as the Pilot. This flight delivered the US Destiny Laboratory Module to the ISS.

Originally selected to be the Pilot of STS-117 for his second mission, Polansky was moved up to STS-116 following the Columbia mishap, and he was promoted from Pilot to Commander. In 2006 onboard Discovery, STS-116 continued assembly of the ISS with delivery of the P5 Truss segment. During the mission the ISS electrical system transitioned from its initial configuration to the permanent one.

Polansky’s final flight, STS-127, was onboard Endeavour in 2009. This flight delivered the Japanese Exposed Facility to the ISS. The flight was notable for several firsts: the first Shuttle to dock with ISS which had expanded to a crew of 6, the first time that a total of 13 crew members lived and worked onboard ISS at the same time, and the first time that an Astronaut/Cosmonaut from every ISS partner agency was on orbit together. The mission also consisted of 5 planned spacewalks or EVAs.

In addition to his spaceflights, Polansky held various other leadership positions within the NASA Astronaut Office including Chief Instructor Astronaut, Chief CAPCOM (Spacecraft Communicator), Chief of Return to Flight, Chief of the Shuttle Branch, and Director of Operations Russia at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

In addition to supporting astronaut appearances, Polansky is currently an aerospace executive in support of NASA and the ISS, as well as the commercial spaceflight industry.

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  • • Leadership
    • Team Building
    • Teamwork
    • International Cooperation and Collaboration
    • Inspiring Today’s Youth
    • The Environment
    • Observations and Philosophical Perspectives

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Mark Polansky

Former Astronaut, Military Fighter & Test Pilot

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Mark Polansky Biography

Mark Polansky is a former NASA Astronaut and veteran of three Space Shuttle missions, all of which contributed to assembly of the International Space Station (ISS). He flew on STS-98, STS-116, and STS-127 accumulating close to 1000 hours in space. Polansky graduated from Purdue University with both a B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force (USAF) and was subsequently a distinguished graduate from USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training. Polansky then served as a Fighter Pilot in the F-15 and F-5E aircraft. He was then selected to attend USAF Test Pilot School, where he was a distinguished graduate. Polansky’s final Air Force assignment was as a Test Pilot in the F-15 and A-10 aircraft.

Following his Air Force career, Polansky joined NASA as an Instructor and Research Pilot at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In that capacity, he instructed all astronauts in the T-38 aircraft, and he instructed all Shuttle pilots in NASA’s Shuttle Training Aircraft.

Selected as an astronaut in 1996, Polansky flew three Shuttle missions in space. His first flight was STS-98 in 2001 onboard Atlantis, where he served as the Pilot. This flight delivered the US Destiny Laboratory Module to the ISS.

Originally selected to be the Pilot of STS-117 for his second mission, Polansky was moved up to STS-116 following the Columbia mishap, and he was promoted from Pilot to Commander. In 2006 onboard Discovery, STS-116 continued assembly of the ISS with delivery of the P5 Truss segment. During the mission the ISS electrical system transitioned from its initial configuration to the permanent one.

Polansky’s final flight, STS-127, was onboard Endeavour in 2009. This flight delivered the Japanese Exposed Facility to the ISS. The flight was notable for several firsts: the first Shuttle to dock with ISS which had expanded to a crew of 6, the first time that a total of 13 crew members lived and worked onboard ISS at the same time, and the first time that an Astronaut/Cosmonaut from every ISS partner agency was on orbit together. The mission also consisted of 5 planned spacewalks or EVAs.

In addition to his spaceflights, Polansky held various other leadership positions within the NASA Astronaut Office including Chief Instructor Astronaut, Chief CAPCOM (Spacecraft Communicator), Chief of Return to Flight, Chief of the Shuttle Branch, and Director of Operations Russia at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

In addition to supporting astronaut appearances, Polansky is currently an aerospace executive in support of NASA and the ISS, as well as the commercial spaceflight industry.

Mark Polansky Videos

  • Shuttle Commander Takes Video Questions In Space - POST VIDEO ...

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Mark Polansky Speaking Topics


  • • Leadership
    • Team Building
    • Teamwork
    • International Cooperation and Collaboration
    • Inspiring Today’s Youth
    • The Environment
    • Observations and Philosophical Perspectives

FAQs on booking Mark Polansky

  • How to book Mark Polansky?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mark Polansky for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Mark Polansky, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mark Polansky or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mark Polansky?

    Booking fees for Mark Polansky, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mark Polansky, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mark Polansky?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mark Polansky for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mark Polansky for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mark Polansky or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mark Polansky or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mark Polansky is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mark Polansky for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Mark Polansky generally travels from Houston, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robert "Beamer" Curbeam, Garrett “Big G” Reisman, Daniel “Astro Tani” Tani, John “Danny” Olivas and Leroy Chiao. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mark Polansky for an upcoming event.

Mark Polansky Speaker Videos

  • Shuttle Commander Takes Video Questions In Space - POST VIDEO ...

Mark Polansky Speaking Topics


  • • Leadership
    • Team Building
    • Teamwork
    • International Cooperation and Collaboration
    • Inspiring Today’s Youth
    • The Environment
    • Observations and Philosophical Perspectives

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