ost thrillseekers would give up a kidney or more for 504 hours in space and a 6-hour spacewalk to boot. All Edward Tsang Lu had to do was get a Stanford physics PhD, a commercial pilot's license and beat out thousands of other applicants to get picked by NASA in 1994. He was rewarded with two all-expenses-paid round-trips into orbit: one in 1997 as a mission specialist and another in 2000 as payload commander.
Lu was born July 1, 1963 in Springfield, Massachusetts but calls Honolulu and New York home. He's been too busy with frivolous pursuits like aerobatic flying, coaching wrestling, piano, tennis, surfing, skiing and travel to get married.