Jeffrey Alan Hoffman is an American former NASA astronaut and currently a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. Hoffman made five flights as a Space Shuttle astronaut, including the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993, when the orbiting telescope's flawed optical system was corrected. Trained as an astrophysicist, he also flew on the 1990 Spacelab Shuttle mission that featured the Astro-1 ultraviolet astronomical observatory in the Shuttle's payload bay. Over the course of his five missions he logged more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space. He was also NASA's first Jewish male astronaut, and the second Jewish man in space after Soviet cosmonaut Boris Volynov.
|Born:||November 2, 1944, Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater:||Amherst College, B.A. 1966, Rice University, M.Sc 1988, Harvard University, Ph.D 1971|
|Time in space:||50d 11h 54m|
|Selection:||1978 NASA Group|
|Missions:||STS-51-D, STS-35, STS-46, STS-61, STS-75|
About Jeffrey A. Hoffman
The second Jewish man in space, he flew on the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
He worked in the Center for Space Research at MIT.
He served on five spaceflights.
He married and had children.
He and astronaut Bruce Melnick share the same home state.
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- Jewish astronauts
- Scarsdale High School alumni
- United States Astronaut Hall of Fame inductees
- NASA civilian astronauts
- Academics of the University of Leicester
- American astronauts
- Rice University alumni
- Eagle Scouts