Tony Antonelli

Tony Antonelli (NASA astronaut and Commander US Navy)
Tony served as a Commander and Test Pilot in the US Navy. He was a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, illustrating his drive to excel. As a pilot, he has accumulated over 3,200 hours in 41 different kinds of aircraft.

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Piloting a NASA Space Shuttle leading innovation in spaceHe was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2000. He flew two mission io the International Space Station piloting n space as the piloting Space Shuttle s’ Discovery 2009 and Atlantis in 2010.

Tony has spent over 24 days in space. He has been awarded NASA ‘s Exceptional Achievement Medal and Superior Accomplishment Award together with a further seven awards that all testify to his outstanding accomplishments.As major US corporation, Lockheed Martin’s Chief Technologist for Space Exploration, Tony led a team developing space vehicles to return humans to the moon, on into deep space and to accomplish the 250 million miles journey to Mars.Tony says, “This idea of human exploration of Mars has excited me my whole life. The idea of reaching Mars decades from now] is too far for me to get my hands on. It doesn’t feel very real, it feels too far in the future. So, I was tasked with putting together a plan that makes human exploration of Mars real and tangible, and setting a deadline of by 2028 The idea was, with the technology that we have today, with the country’s investment in new space systems and vehicles, what else do we need to get human exploration on Mars well underway. What else do we need to make it achievable in our careers as opposed to, you know, in the realms of our grandchildren?” We can make this happen in the 2028 time frame, that feels real, don’t you think?”

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