Born June 30, 1951, in Seattle, Washington, but considers Bellingham, Washington, to be his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973. He has logged 7,000+ flight hours in over 40 different aircraft. Oswald has piloted two missions aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery: STS-42, the International Microgravity Laboratory-1 mission, flown in January 1992, and STS-56, the second Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-2) mission, flown in April 1993. Oswald commanded STS-67, the second flight of the Astro observatory (Astro II), which flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in March, 1995. This mission established a mission duration record for Space Shuttle at 17 days. With the completion of his third space flight, Oswald has logged over 33 days in space.