Dr. Jay Clark Buckey, Jr.
(born June 6
in New York City
) is an American astronaut
, having flown aboard one space shuttle
) as a NASA Payload Specialist
. Buckey briefly ran for the Democratic nomination to challenge New Hampshire Senator John E. Sununu
, a Republican, when he is up for re-election in 2008. Buckey has since withdrawn from the race.
Buckey holds a Bachelor of Science
degree in Electrical Engineering
from Cornell University
(1977) and an M.D. from Cornell in 1981, interning at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
and completing his residence at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
. Currently, Buckey is a Professor
of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School
. He was also a flight surgeon
with the U.S. Air Force Reserve
for 8 years.
In 1998 he was a Payload Specialist
aboard NASA Space Shuttle
as part of the Neurolab
mission from April 17
to May 3
, 1998. Aboard the Neurolab Mission, Buckey was the Payload Specialist
for the experiment "Cardiovascular Adaptation to Zero-Gravity
" and assisted with other Spacelab Life Sciences experiments. During the 16-day Spacelab flight, the seven person crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia served as both experiment subjects and operators for 26 individual life science experiments focusing on the effects of microgravity
on the brain
and nervous system
. The STS-90 flight orbited the Earth 256 times, covered 6.3 million miles, and logged him over 381 hours in space.