Lt. Col. E. Michael Fincke served as co-pilot on the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft for the International Space Station (ISS), Expedition-9 (April 18-October 23, 2004) where he continued ISS science operations, maintained space station systems, and performed four spacewalks.
Mike attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a full Air Force ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1989 with a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics and Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Immediately following graduation, Mike enrolled in a summer exchange program with the Moscow Aviation Institute where he studied cosmonautics. He also earned a master of science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1990.
In addition to two NASA Distinguished Service Medals and two NASA Spaceflight Medals, Mike is a recipient of the first ISS Leadership Award as well as a United States Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, three Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals and various unit and service awards. He is also the recipient of the USAF Test Pilot School Colonel Ray Jones Award as the top Flight Test Engineer/Flight Test Navigator in Class 93B.
Selected by NASA in 1996, Mike was a back-up crew member for ISS Expeditions 4 and 6 as well as a back-up commander for ISS Expeditions 13 and 16. He was the Commander of the second NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 2) mission during which he lived and worked underwater for seven days in May of 2002.
Fincke is currently assigned to the crew of STS-134 to the International Space Station. The mission will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a state-of-the-art cosmic ray particle physics detector designed to examine fundamental issues about matter and origin of the universe. The mission will also mark the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor.