Astronaut Ham Renews License, Plus Four New Astronaut Hams

Michael Fincke, KE5AIT recently renewed his Amateur Radio license through February 18, 2025. Fincke served on Expedition 9 (April 18 to October 23, 2004), Expedition 18 (October 12, 2008 to April 8, 2009),and STS-134 (May 16 to June 1, 2011). He currently holds the American record for the most time in space, 381.6 days.

Fincke's biography can be viewed at:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fincke.html

Four astronauts recently passed their Technician Class license exams.

Thomas Pesquet, KG5FYG
Jack Fischer, KG5FYH
David Saint-Jacques, KG5FYI
Kathleen Rubins, PHD., KG5FYJ

Pesquet was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009. He joined ESA
in September 2009 and completed basic training in November 2010.
He will be leaving our planet for six months November 2016 as a flight
engineer for Expeditions 50 and 51, returning in May 2017.

Pesquet's biography can be viewed at:
http://tinyurl.com/ANS053-Thomas-Pesquet-Bio

Fischer was selected in July 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA
astronaut class. He completed astronaut candidate training in July
2011.

Fischer's biography can be viewed at:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fischer-jack.html

Saint-Jacques was selected in May 2009 by the Canadian Space Agency
(CSA) and has moved to Houston to be one of 14 members of the 20th
NASA astronaut class.

Saint-Jacques' biography can be viewed at:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/biosaintjacques.asp

Dr. Rubins was selected in July 2009 as 1 of 14 members of NASA
Astronaut Group 20. She has been selected as flight engineer-2 for ISS Expedition 48/49 launching on Soyuz TMA-20M in May 2016

Dr. Rubins' biography can be viewed at:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/rubins-k.html