RYE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Rye’s Nicholas James MacDonald Patrick!
James MacDonald Patrick, who grew up in Rye turns 49 on Tuesday.
Patrick, a British-American engineer and a former NASA astronaut, was born Nov. 19, 1964, in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, England. His flight on the 2006 Discovery STS-116 mission made him the fifth Briton to go into space.
Patrick has logged more than 308 hours in space, having completed his first space mission as a member of the crew of STS-116 – a construction and logistics mission to the International Space Station. He occasionally serves as a CAPCOM; for example, he worked with the Orbit 2 team for STS-120.
Patrick notably put the finishing touches on the Tranquility node during STS-130.
In July 2004, Patrick served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 6 mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, living and working underwater for ten days. In August 2007, he served as the commander of the NEEMO 13 mission, living underwater for another ten days.
Patrick retired from the NASA Astronaut Corps in May 2012.
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