Dr Andrew Thomas is an Australian-born NASA astronaut and the first Australian to fly in space. He has flown four space shuttle missions, including two flights to assist in the assembly of the International Space Station. During one of those flights he completed a six and half hour space walk to install components on the outside of the station. He has also completed a long-duration space flight having lived on the Russian Mir space station for 20 weeks.
Dr Thomas is a trained astronaut, cosmonaut and aerospace engineer. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with first class Honours in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.