SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Scarsdale’s Jeffrey Hoffman.
Hoffman, who graduated from Scarsdale High School, turns 69 on Saturday. The former NASA astronaut and current professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT was born Nov. 2, 1944.
Hoffman made five flights as a space shuttle astronaut, including the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993, when the orbiting telescope's flawed optical system was corrected. Trained as an astrophysicist, he also flew on 1990 Spacelab shuttle mission that featured the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet astronomical observatory in the shuttle's payload bay. Over the course of his five missions he logged more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space. He was also the second Jewish man in space after Boris Volynov.
Hoffman is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, the International Astronomical Union, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronomical Society, the Spanish Academy of Engineering, Phi Beta Kappa, and Sigma Xi.