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NASA Astronaut             

PERSONAL DATA:  Born in 1967 in Inglewood, California and raised in Anaheim, California where his parents Ralph and Elsie still reside.  Enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and scuba diving.  Also enjoys reading, especially science fiction.

EDUCATION: Esperanza High School, Anaheim, California, 1985; B.S., Geology, University of California-Santa Barbara, 1990; M.S., Geology, University of Arizona, 1992

ORGANIZATIONS: International Technology Education Association and Florida Association of Science Teachers.

EXPERIENCE:  United States Marine Corps, Reserves.  Worked as a hydro-geologist in Los Angeles, California.  Primarily worked on Superfund sites and was involved the assessment and remediation of groundwater contaminants.  Spent 2 years in the United States Peace Corps as an Environmental Education Awareness Promoter in the Dominican Republic.  Served as the Island Manager of the Caribbean Marine Research Center at Lee Stocking Island in the Exumas, Bahamas.  Shoreline Revegetation Coordinator in Vero Beach, Florida, planning, designing, and implementing a mangrove revegetation project.  One year of high school experience at Melbourne High School, Florida and four years of middle school experience as a math and science teacher at Dunnellon Middle School, Florida.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in May 2004.  In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.  Upon completion of his training, Acaba was assigned to the Hardware Integration Team in the Space Station Branch working technical issues with European Space Agency (ESA) hardware.  Currently he is assigned as a mission specialist on the STS-119 mission, targeted for launch in February 2009.  The flight will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the International Space Station.


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058




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