Meet NASA's Future Explorer - Robert Satcher
What's it like to wake up one morning and realize that you've been invited to explore the Universe? The members of the 2004 Astronaut Candidate Class have had several months to contemplate that question. Join us in this series of video interviews with eight members of the class and share in their excitement as they become part of NASA's vision for space exploration.

The 2004 Astronaut Candidate Class

Image above: The 11-member 2004 class of astronauts and three Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronauts. Pictured are (first row, left to right), Bobby Satcher, Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, Chris Cassidy, Ricky Arnold, Randy Bresnik and Tom Marshburn; (second row) Akihiko Hoshide, Shannon Walker, Joe Acaba, Jim Dutton , Shane Kimbrough, Satoshi Furukawa, Jose Hernandez and Naoko Yamazaki.

Robert (Bobby) Satcher - Mission Specialist

Robert L. Satcher being fitted for a parachute
Bobby was an orthopedic surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and also holds a doctorate in chemical engineering. Dr. Satcher is also enjoying his newest title: Dad. His wife recently gave birth to his first child, a baby girl.

Image to right: Bobby Satcher is fitted with a parachute harness during water survival training at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Credit: NASA

He brings his experience to NASA at a key time, when it's working to fulfill the new Vision for Space Exploration. The vision calls for NASA to focus its research efforts on studying the effects of long-duration space flight. "One problem when it comes to living and working in space is bone loss. I'm interested in looking at ways of preventing that," he says.

"It's difficult to predict what the benefits of space travel and space-based research will be to those of us on the ground," he says. "There are things in our lives today -- things that have transformed society -- that are simply the rest of exploration."

An Interview with Astronaut Candidate Bobby Satcher:

Bobby grew up in a family that stressed education from an early age. In this part of the interview he talks about how dedication to learning was passed on to all generations of his family.
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When Bobby talks with students he tries to point out examples of every day life where education really makes a difference. Listen as he discusses this in the interview.
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There were many teachers in Bobby's life who inspired him to do his best. He talks about many of them as he traces his educational roots.
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Bobby Satcher (left), Ricky Arnold, Shane Kimbrough and Shannon Walker in the wilderness of Maine
"I have always had an interest in service and an interest in science. I am interested in exploration, too. Becoming an astronaut lets me do all three."
-- Bobby Satcher

Image to right: NASA astronaut candidates Bobby Satcher (left), Ricky Arnold, Shane Kimbrough and Shannon Walker assemble for a group photo during navigation training in the wilderness of Maine. Credit: NASA

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Astronaut Candidate Robert Satcher
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