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In Their Own Words: Jack D. Fischer
06.29.09
 
JSC2009-E-140633 --- Jack D. Fischer

Jack D. Fischer, Major U.S. Air Force, of Reston, Va. has been selected as a member of NASA's 2009 Astronaut Class. Photo Credit: NASA
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When did you know that you wanted to become an astronaut?

When I was 6 years old - pretty much as long as I can remember.

What was it that inspired this goal and what steps did you take to get there?

It started with a trip to see my grandpa at JSC when I was 6, but it has been cultivated by years of tireless family support, mentorship and friends who helped me along the way. As for steps, I grew up the youngest of four in a Colorado construction family, where I developed the work ethic and sense of team that have guided my life. I went to the Air Force Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for degrees in astrodynamics before making my way to the cockpit. I was then able to fly the F-15E Strike Eagle operationally before going to Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base. As a tester, I was lucky enough to fly and test numerous aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor. I've done my best along the way to always take advantage of the opportunities I was given, to put the team first, and to do my absolute best at whatever my job was -- whether digging a ditch, or flying an F-22.

What was your reaction to hearing that you were selected?

Complete disbelief. It was a dream come true -- the chance to be a part of our space program. After the call, my wife and girls ran over, and we did a huge family hug while screaming and jumping up and down, and our confused beagle ran circles around us barking. We were all VERY excited!

What are some of your hobbies, interests and special talents?

I enjoy spending time with my family, flying, camping, traveling and construction.