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William Surles "Bill" McArthur, Jr., (Colonel, USA, Ret.)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born July 26, 1951, in Laurinburg, North Carolina. His 
hometown is Wakulla, North Carolina. Married to the former Cynthia 
Kathryn Lovin of Red Springs, North Carolina. They have two daughters. 
He enjoys basketball, running, and working with personal computers. 
Bill’s stepfather, Mr. Weldon C. Avant, resides in Red Springs. His 
parents, Brigadier General William S. McArthur and Mrs. Edith P. Avant, 
are deceased. Cynthia’s mother, Mrs. A.K. Lovin, resides in Red Springs, 
North Carolina.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Red Springs High School, Red Springs, North 
Carolina, in 1969; received a bachelor of science degree in applied 
science and engineering from the United States Military Academy, West 
Point, New York, in 1973, and a master of science degree in aerospace 
engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983.

SPECIAL HONORS: Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the 
Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
(First Oak Leaf Cluster), the Meritorious Service Medal (First Oak Leaf 
Cluster), the Army Commendation Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, and 
the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. 
Army Aviation School. Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the 
University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Recipient of the Order of the 
Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s highest civilian award. Georgia Tech 
Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni. 1996 American Astronautical 
Society Flight Achievement Award. 1997 visiting Green Honors Professor, 
Department of Science and Engineering, Texas Christian University. 
Recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Order of Saint Michael 
(Silver Award) from the Army Aviation Association of America. 2000 
Robert M. Leich Award from the Army Aviation Association of America. 
2000 Korolev Diploma presented by the Federation Aeronautique 

McArthur retired from the Army in 2001.

A Master Army Aviator, he has logged over 4500 flight hours in 39 
different air/spacecraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE: McArthur was assigned to NASA at the Johnson Space 
Center in August 1987 as a Space Shuttle vehicle integration test 
engineer. Duties involved engineering liaison for launch and landing 
operations of the Space Shuttle. He was actively involved in the 
integrated test of the flight control system for each Orbiter for its 
return to flight and was a member of the Emergency Escape and Rescue 
Working Group.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, McArthur became an astronaut in July 
1991. Since then, McArthur has held various assignments within the 
Astronaut Office including: working issues relating to the solid rocket 
booster, redesigned solid rocket motor, and the advanced solid rocket 
motor. He served as Chief of the Astronaut Office Flight Support Branch, 
supervising astronaut support of the Mission Control Center, prelaunch 
Space Shuttle processing, and launch and landing operations. McArthur 
also served as Director of Operations, Russia, overseeing training 
activities for astronauts in Star City. A veteran of three space 
flights, McArthur has logged 35 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds 
in space, including 13 hours and 16 minutes of EVA time in two space 
walks. McArthur served on the Expedition-10 backup crew.

McArthur is the Commander and ISS Science Officer on the Expedition-12 
crew which launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 
September 30, 2005 aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft and docked with the 
space station on October 3, 2005. McArthur will live and work aboard the 
International Space Station on a six-month tour of duty.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-58 Columbia (October 18 – November 1, 1993) 
was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to 
land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the mission the crew 
performed neurovestibular, cardiovascular, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, 
and musculoskeletal medical experiments on themselves and 48 rats, 
expanding our knowledge of human and animal physiology both on earth and 
in space flight. In addition, the crew performed 16 engineering tests 
aboard the Orbiter Columbia and 20 Extended Duration Orbiter Medical 
Project experiments. Additionally, the crew made extensive contacts with 
school children and amateur radio operators around the world through the 
Shuttle Amateur Radio experiment. The STS-58 mission was accomplished in 
225 orbits of the Earth in 336 hours, 13 minutes, 01 second.

STS-74 Atlantis (November 12-20, 1995) was NASA’s second Space Shuttle 
mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. 
STS-74 was launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space 
Center in Florida. During the 8-day flight the crew successfully 
attached a permanent docking module to Mir, conducted experiments on a 
number of secondary payloads, and transferred one and a half tons of 
supplies between Atlantis and Mir. The STS-74 mission was accomplished 
in 129 orbits of the Earth, traveling 3.4 million miles in 196 hours, 30 
minutes, 44 seconds.

STS-92 Discovery (October 11-24, 2000) was launched from the Kennedy 
Space Center, Florida and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, 
California. During the 13-day flight, the seven-member crew attached the 
Z1 Truss and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 to the International Space 
Station using Discovery’s robotic arm and performed four space walks to 
configure these elements. This expansion of the ISS opened the door for 
future assembly missions and prepared the station for its first resident 
crew. McArthur’s EVA time totaled 13 hours and 16 minutes. The STS-92 
mission was accomplished in 202 orbits, traveling 5.3 million miles in 
12 days, 21 hours, 40 minutes and 25 seconds.

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