Bob Phillips in the Carpenter Station


Bob Phillips, Ph.D., DVM., AS., AQ.

Astronaut Robert W. Phillips, (Bob) former Chief Scientist of the International Space Station, is a Veterinarian with a PhD in Physiology/Nutrition.  He taught and conducted research at Colorado State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for over twenty years.  His research resulted in over 130 scientific publications and two patents.  He is now Professor Emeritus.  

In 1984 he was selected by NASA and trained as a Payload Specialist to be an in-flight researcher on the first dedicated Biomedical Research Space Shuttle flight.  About one year prior to launch, Flight Medicine removed him from flight status due to a cardiac irregularity.  He continued to support the mission and after it was completed he served at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.  He spent three years as Space Station Chief Scientist.  

Following that tour he joined NASA’s Life Science Education and Outreach program from 1994-2005, focusing on high school and college education regarding how space travel affects life.  Bob spent several days with our aquanaut crew in Key Largo Florida on the Carpenter Station's shakedown crew and wes certified as an aquanut during that time.

He is retired and lives in Colorado.