George Zamka is a former United States Astronaut, Test Pilot, and Combat Pilot. He flew two space missions to the International Space Station aboard the Space Shuttle, the last in 2010. George was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May 1984. He flew A-6 Intruders and F/A-18 Hornets for the Marine Corps, to include 66 combat missions over occupied Kuwait and Iraq during Desert Storm. A graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School in 1994, George was assigned as an F/A-18 test pilot, flying a wide variety of tests in the F/A-18 Hornet, to include high angle of attack, out-of-control flight, loads, flutter, and crew equipment tests. Selected as a pilot by NASA in June 1998, George Zamka reported for astronaut candidate training in August 1998. He served in various technical and leadership roles in the Astronaut Office, including space rendezvous and proximity operations, landing and rollout instructor and head of the Shuttle Operations Branch. In 2007, he completed his first spaceflight as pilot on STS-120. During the mission, the Node 2 element “Harmony” was delivered to the International Space Station. A critical solar array was also relocated from the Z1 truss to the end of the port side of the integrated truss structure. During the redeploy of the array, the array panels snagged and were damaged. A contingency spacewalk was required to repair the array. The mission was accomplished in 238 orbits, traveling 6.2 million miles in 15 days, 2 hours and 23 minutes. For his second spaceflight, Zamka commanded the crew of STS-130, which flew in February 2010. STS-130 Endeavour (February 8 to February 21, 2010) launched at night, carrying aloft the permanent pressurized modules Tranquility, and Cupola. Tranquility (or Node 3) is now the life-support hub of the station, containing exercise, water recycling and environmental control systems, while Cupola provides the largest set of windows ever to grace a spacecraft. Colonel Zamka has 692 hours, 455 orbits and travelled for more than 11.9 million miles in space. He has logged more than 5,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft. In March 2013, Zamka retired from NASA. He continues to be active in the Space Industry and is Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Space Ports.