NASA Astronaut and SJU Graduate
Nov 29, 2022 12:00 PM
Mark Vande Hei
NASA Astronaut and SJU Graduate

Mark T. Vande Hei was selected by NASA in 2009. Born in Virginia then raised in New Jersey and Minnesota, Vande Hei earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Saint John's University and a Master of Science in Applied Physics from Stanford University. He was commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program and served as a combat engineer. In 1999, he became an assistant professor of physics at the United States Military Academy in West Point. After extending the record for the longest single spaceflight in history by an American to 355 days, NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei returned to Earth in March 2022.