Photo courtesy of NASA
This photo shows Nicholas Patrick Ph.D. who is a British-born engineer and a NASA astronaut and a member of the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour mission STS-130 currently in space on route to the International Space Station.
Patrick was born in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire, England in 1964 but became a United States citizen in 1994. This is his second flight as a mission specialist on the shuttle, his first was STS-116 in December 2006 this making him the second Yorkshire born astronaut.
Helen Sharman born in Sheffield, Yorkshire was the first British astronaut on board Soyuz TM-12 mission to the Mir Space Station in 1991 and at 27 years 11 months Helen remains one of the youngest ever in space.
Patrick attended Trintity College, Cambridge then MIT where he took his masters and then did a Ph.d in mechanical engineering before joining Boeing in Seattle. Patrick was selected for the astronaut program at NASA June 1998.
The crew of Endeavour for this mission is:
Commander George Zamka, Terry Virts pilot. Mission Specialists are Nicholas Patrick, Robert Behnken, Stephen Robinson and Kathryn Hire.
I wish them a succesful mission and also live long and prosper.