Note: Dr. Barratt's presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Because of a scheduling conflict Dr. Barratt will be appearing via Skype.
For an in-depth, first person account of life in space, local astronaut Michael Barratt, M.D., will present a free public lecture followed by audience Q&A. With NASA since 1991, Barratt spent 199 days in space as Flight Engineer for Expeditions 19 and 20 in 2009. He currently serves in the NASA International Space Station Operations and Integration branches to handle medical issues and on orbit support.
Dr. Barratt frequently visited OMSI as a child where his mother worked as a volunteer. Barratt attended OMSI classes and built his first telescope with the help of a former OMSI Planetarium director.
Dr. Barratt came to NASA JSC in May 1991 employed as a project physician with KRUG Life Sciences, working on medical systems for Space Station Freedom. In July 1992, he was assigned as NASA Flight Surgeon, working in Space Shuttle Medical Operations. In January 1994, he was assigned to the joint U.S./Russian Shuttle - Mir Program, working and training extensively in the Cosmonaut Training Center, Star City, Russia, in support of the Mir-18/STS-71 and subsequent missions.
From July 1995 to July 1998, he served as Medical Operations Lead for the International Space Station (ISS). A frequent traveler to Russia, he worked with counterparts at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and Institute of Biomedical Problems as well as other international partner centers. Dr. Barratt served as lead crew surgeon for the first expedition crew to ISS from July 1998 until he was selected as an astronaut.
Dr. Barratt serves as Associate Editor for Space Medicine for the journal, Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance and is senior editor of the textbook, Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight.