Dr. Apt at work on the shuttle middledeck
Dr. Jay Apt
Dr. Jay Apt holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a doctorate from MIT, both in physics. His research career included atomic physics, lasers, and studying the planets and moons of our solar system. He got his pilot’s license in college, and has flown over 4,500 hours since, in 25 types of aircraft. He has flown his own airplane to such destinations as Greenland and Guatemala, England and Alaska. He was selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1985, and has spent more than 35 days in space on four Space Shuttle missions, and has performed two space walks. He has been to the Russian space station Mir, and is the recipient of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal. He holds the position of Distinguished Service Professor in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, and is Chief Technology Officer of iNetworks LLC, a venture capital firm. His book, Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth has sold more than 620,000 copies in 11 languages.