November 16, 2016 – NASA and its international partners have updated the assignments for several crew rotations to the International Space Station in 2017. The changes reflect a switch in assignments for some NASA astronauts, as well as a reduction in the number of Russian cosmonauts on some missions.
Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer and his crew mate cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will now launch in March 2017 as Expedition 51/52 crew members, rather than in May or June as previously scheduled. Yurchikhin will be the Expedition 52 commander. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will command Expedition 51.
This will be Fischer’s first time in space. The Louisville, Colorado native was selected in July 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He completed astronaut training in 2011, and has worked in the CAPCOM, Soyuz, International Space Station Operations, ISS Integration, and Exploration branches of the Astronaut Office.
Fischer graduated from Centaurus High School in Lafayette in 1992 and received his Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs in 1996. He then earned a Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge in 1998.
Fischer is married to the former Elizabeth Simonson from Boulder, Colorado. They have two daughters, Sariah and Bethany. Fischer’s father, Gary Fischer, is deceased, and his mother, JoBelle Fischer, still lives near Louisville, Colorado.