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QUEEN ELIZABETH II TOURS NASA CENTER IN MARYLAND
Prince Philip greets NASA astronauts (L to R) Andrew Feustel, Megan McArthur, Michael Massimino, John Mace Grunsfeld, and Scott Altman, during a tour of the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on May 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta/POOL)
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Andrew J. (Drew) Feustel (born August 25, 1965, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is an American Geophysicist and a NASA astronaut. He has had one spaceflight, which was in May 2009, named STS-125, and which lasted just under 13 days . This was a mission with six other astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. Feustel performed three spacewalks during the mission. Following several years working as a geophysicist, Feustel was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in July 2000. His second spaceflight is STS-134, which launched on May 16, 2011; that mission is planned to be the second last Space Shuttle flight.

Feustel grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan, where he graduated from Lake Orion High School and received an AS degree from Oakland Community College. He then attended Purdue University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and received both a BS in Solid Earth Sciences (1989) and a MS in Geophysics (1991). He then moved to Ontario, Canada to attend Queen's University, where he received his PhD in Geological Sciences in 1995.

While attending community college, Feustel worked as an auto mechanic at International Autoworks, Ltd., Farmington Hills, Michigan, restoring 1950’s Jaguars. At Purdue University, Feustel served as a Residence Hall Counselor for two years at Cary Quadrangle for the Purdue University Student Housing organization. His summers were spent working as a commercial and industrial glazier near his home in Michigan. During his Master‘s degree studies Feustel worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department of Purdue University. His M.S. thesis investigated physical property measurements of rock specimens under elevated hydrostatic pressures simulating Earth’s deep crustal environments. While at Purdue, Feustel served for three years as Grand Prix Chairman and team Kart driver for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. In 1991, Feustel moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada to attend Queen’s University where he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant and Graduate Teaching Assistant. Feustel’s Ph.D. thesis investigated seismic wave attenuation in underground mines and measurement techniques and applications to site characterization.

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