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Anil S. Menon, MD, MS, MPH - Selected December 2021 as 1 of 10 new astronauts for NASA!Dr. Menon completed the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Residency program in 2012 and UTMB Master of Public Health degree in 2011.  He was SpaceX’s first flight surgeon, helping to launch the company’s first humans to space during NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission and building a medical organization to support the human system during future missions. Prior to that, he served NASA as the crew flight surgeon for various expeditions taking astronauts to the International Space Station. Menon is an actively practicing emergency medicine physician with residency training in aerospace medicine and fellowship training in wilderness medicine. 

Dr. Menon will begin the two-year training program January 2022.

Credits:  NASA

NASA Astronaut - Thomas Marshburn, MD

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts are seen inside SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft before lifting off on the agency’s Crew-3 mission on Nov. 10, 2021, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A. From left are ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer and NASA astronauts Tom Marshburn, Raja Chari, and Kayla Barron.

Dr. Marshburn graduated from the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Fellowship in 1995.  Marshburn second from left. 

Credits: NASA

NASA Astronaut- Kjell Lindgren, MD, MS, MPH

NASA Astronaut and 2008 graduate of the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Residency and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. After serving as the Deputy Crew Surgeon for STS-130 and Expedition 24, Dr. Lindgren was selected as an astronaut in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class.  Dr. Lindgren flew on Expedition 44/45 and logged 141 days in space.  He participated in two spacewalks and in more than a hundred different scientific experiments. He served as commander of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station, returning home on Oct. 14, 2022.

Dr. Lindgren is a member of NASA's Artemis team!  Watch on YouTube.

Credits: NASA

Soyuz With Expedition 45 Trio Lands After 141 Days in Space

Among the crew is UTMB Aerospace Medicine residency graduate, Dr. Kjell Lindgren!  The trio arrived at the Internal Space Station July 23, 2015 and orbited Earth 2,256 times, traveling a total of 59.6 million miles.  The crew returned in December 2015. It was the first mission for Dr. Lindgren.

Credits: NASA

NASA Astronaut- Serena Aunon-Chancellor, MD, MPH

On November 2, 2018, UTMB had the honor of hosting Serena M. Auñón-Chancellor, MD, MPH, NASA Astronaut and graduate of the UTMB Internal Medicine and Aerospace Medicine residencies and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, for a live video conference question and answer session. Medical students, residents/fellows, faculty, staff, area high school STEM programs, and visiting residency interviewees had the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to medicine, research projects and life on the International Space Station as a part of the Expedition 57 crew.

Watch the live recording here...Video Broadcast Recording