Dominic A. Antonelli

NASA Astronaut Group 17 Massachusetts Institute of Technology NASA Astronaut Group 19
Dominic A. Antonelli
Born (1967-08-23) August 23, 1967 (age 53)[1]
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS)
University of Washington (MS)
OccupationTest Pilot
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankCommander, USN
Time in space
24d 13h 58m
Selection2000 NASA Group
MissionsSTS-119, STS-132
Mission insignia
STS-119 STS-132 Patch.svg

Dominic Anthony "Tony" Antonelli (born August 23, 1967) is a retired NASA astronaut. Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in both Indiana and North Carolina.[2] He is married and has two children.[2]


Antonelli graduated from Douglas Byrd High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[2] He went on to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautics and astronautics.[2] He later attended the University of Washington, earning a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics.[2]

Antonelli preparing to eat during STS-119.

Military career

Antonelli served as a fleet Naval Aviator and Landing Signal Officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz with the Blue Diamonds (VFA-146), flying F/A-18C Hornets in support of Operation Southern Watch.

Antonelli has accumulated over 3,200 hours in 41 different kinds of aircraft and has completed 273 carrier arrested landings. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School (Navy Exchange Pilot).

NASA career

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in July 2000, Antonelli served in various technical assignments until his assignment to a mission. He served as pilot on the STS-119 mission[3] which launched on March 15, 2009. The flight delivered the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and truss element to the International Space Station. Antonelli was assigned as pilot on the STS-132 mission, launched on May 14, 2010. The mission saw the delivery of the Russian Mini-Research Module 1 (MRM-1) to the International Space Station.

Awards and honors


  1. ^ Astronaut Biography: Dominic Antonelli Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e Astronaut Biography: Dominic A. Antonelli National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  3. ^ NASA (2007). "NASA Assigns Crew for Final Solar Array Delivery to Station". NASA. Archived from the original on October 21, 2007. Retrieved October 19, 2007.