In March 2008, astronaut Garrett Reisman flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station, where he spent 95 days living and working in space before returning to Earth in June aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Reisman originally applied to become an astronaut when in grad school at CalTech, but did not get selected until he was working at TRW as a spacecraft guidance navigation and control engineer.

During his 95 days in space, Reisman performed his first spacewalk to help install the Space Station's new robotic manipulator, called Dextre. According to Reisman, the shuttle crew needed to resolve problems with a power feed and stuck bolts to get Dextre working properly.

To read more of the interview with Garrett Reisman, see page 12 of December's NASA Tech Briefs, or click here .