Live online chat with Dr. Ellen Baker, a current NASA astronaut who flew on STS-34, STS-50, and STS-71.
Date: Tuesday, December 11th, 2007
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Chat Host Dr. Ellen Baker's Biography:
Currently, Dr. Baker serves as NASA's lead astronaut for medical issues and education programs at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Baker received a bachelor of arts degree in geology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a doctorate of medicine degree from Cornell University, and a master's degree in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Heath. After completing medical school, Dr. Baker trained in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and after three years of training, was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Following her residency, Dr. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer at Johnson Space Center, and graduated from the Air Force Aerospace Medicine Course at Brooks Air Force Base also in San Antonio. In 1985, Dr. Baker became an astronaut and has worked a variety of jobs at NASA in support of the Space Shuttle and Space Station Programs and development of the Exploration Program. She is a veteran of three space flights, logging over 686 hours in space. Dr. Baker served as a mission specialist on STS-34 Atlantis, STS-50 Columbia, and STS-70 Atlantis.
Dr. Baker is married and has two daughters. She enjoys swimming, skiing, running, movies, music, and reading in her free time.