Michael López-Alegría is a space (company) executive, public speaker, former U.S. Navy Test Pilot, NASA Astronaut and currently serves as Chief Astronaut at Axiom Space. He has spent more time spacewalking than any American and was recently inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Michael has over four decades of aviation and space experience with the US Navy and NASA.
Michael was born in Spain and grew up in California where he joined the US Navy through which he earned a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering and then a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering. He has accumulated more than 5,700 pilot hours in over 30 different aircraft types.
López-Alegría Commanded the first private mission to the Space Station, Ax-1, on April 8, 2022.