Born May 19, 1955, in Groton, Connecticut, but considers Fairfax, Virginia, and New Bedford, Massachusetts, to be his hometowns. Received a bachelor of science degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977, and a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1985. He has over 3,500 flight hours in more than 40 different aircraft, and has over 270 carrier landings. With the completion of his third mission, Thuot has logged over 654 hours in space, including over 17.7 hours on three spacewalks.