In 1995, Chamitoff joined NASA, working in mission operations at the Johnson Space Center. His work at the space agency has included leading the development of software applications used in the space shuttles, along with software focused on spacecraft analysis and maneuver optimization.
One project that he oversaw was the development of a 3D "big screen" display of the space station and space shuttles used by Mission Control.
Chamitoff began training to be an astronaut in 1998, and he has continued to work on space station robotics projects, according to NASA.
"Being able to design robots with a longer life and more functionality is key to justifying future missions to other planets," Olds said. "Future manned space missions will rely on robots more than before, and having Chamitoff in space will give him real-world insight on how to improve that man-machine working relationship."
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