In August 1996, Stephanie Wilson was selected as an astronaut by NASA. Wilson was initially assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations branch to develop requirements for space station payload displays and procedures and to evaluate their user interfaces.
She has since served as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM, working in the Mission Control Center as a prime communicator with several space shuttle and space station crews; worked in mission control, involving the space shuttle main engines, external tank and solid rocket boosters in the Astronaut Office Space Shuttle Program; as the Astronaut Office representative for the Orion Communications and Tracking System; Operations Products lead further developing crew efficiencies in operations products, and as the Payload lead interfacing with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center to resolve payload process, operations nomenclature and procedure issues.
Wilson spent two years as the Space Station Integration Branch Chief, where she was responsible for overseeing crew issues related to space station systems, payloads, operations products and software interfaces. As part of a unique opportunity in 2013, Wilson completed a nine month detail to NASA’s Glenn Research Center as the Acting Chief of Program and Project Integration within the Spaceflight Systems Directorate. In this role she was responsible for overseeing the program, planning and control functions for Glenn’s spaceflight projects.
Following her detail to Glenn, Wilson was assigned to the Space Station Operations branch as the lead Crew Support astronaut. A veteran of three spaceflights, STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007 and STS-131 in 2010, Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space.