NASA astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, Ph.D.

June 23, 2009 Grunsfeld is one of several astronauts traveling to various U.S. regions to spread knowledge and excitement about the importance of continuing space exploration. While in Chicago, Grunsfeld will make several appearances.

On Tuesday, June 23 he will visit the Museum of Science and Industry.

On Wednesday, June 24, he will have a presentation at the Adler Planetarium. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Chicago White Sox evening game on the 24th and sign autographs for fans.

PERSONAL DATA: Born in Chicago, Illinois. Married to the former Carol E. Schiff. They have two children. John enjoys mountaineering, flying, sailing, bicycling, and music. His father, Ernest A. Grunsfeld III, resides in Highland Park, Illinois. Carol's parents, David and Ruth Schiff, reside in Highland Park, Illinois.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Highland Park High School, Highland Park, Illinois, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980; a master of science degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in physics from the University of Chicago in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

ORGANIZATIONS: American Astronomical Society. American Alpine Club. Explorers Club, Experimental Aircraft Association. Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association.

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