TEDxBoston

Jeff Hoffman

Former Astronaut & Professor of Astronautics

Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman is a professor in MIT’s Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, with research interests in improving the technology of space suits, in ISRU, and in designing innovative space systems for human and robotic space exploration. As a NASA astronaut (1978-1997) Dr. Hoffman made five space flights, including the initial rescue/repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, and became the first astronaut to log 1000 hours of flight time aboard the Space Shuttle. Dr. Hoffman is director of the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium and is Deputy Principal Investigator of the Mars2020 MOXIE experiment, which is producing oxygen on the surface of Mars. In 2007, Dr. Hoffman was elected to the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.