Year Joined

  • 2006

Areas of Expertise

  • Business 


  • BlueCloud Award 
  • Gagarin Medal 
  • NASA Distinguished Service Medal 

Online Presence


  • Leroy Chiao discusses Space X astronauts’ historic return to Earth

    August 05, 2020  |  MSNBC

  • Leroy Chiao offers insight on living alone on Earth

    July 17, 2020  |  This American Life

  • Leroy Chiao discusses Hollywood’s portrayal of deep space

    April 28, 2020  |  Cheddar

  • Leroy Chiao shares ways to navigate social isolation

    March 20, 2020  |  Forbes

  • Leroy Chiao shares about challenges with traveling to Mars

    August 29, 2019  |  Yahoo Finance

  • Leroy Chiao featured at Annual National Astronaut Day

    April 24, 2019  |  Benzinga

  • Leroy Chiao reflects on his journey in space

    June 04, 2018  |  The News Paper Singapore

  • Leroy Chiao comments on the President’s “Space Force” plan

    June 26, 2018  |  CGTN America

  • Leroy Chiao recalls his dream of being an astronaut, offers advice for those looking to follow suit

    June 26, 2017  |

  • Leroy Chiao provides commentary on intelligent life beyond earth

    April 17, 2017  |  CNN

  • Leroy Chiao gives presentation about his four space missions

    February 24, 2017  |  Web Center 11

  • Leroy Chiao The NASA Astronaut shares expertise at Water for Texas conference

    January 27, 2017  |  KSAT

  • Leroy Chiao shares what it’s like to spend the holidays in space

    December 07, 2016  |  Baylor College of Medicine

  • Leroy Chiao featured for his shift from astronaut career to paying it forward

    November 07, 2016  |  SCMP

  • Leroy Chiao on voting in space

    November 08, 2016  |  Daily Nation

  • Leroy Chiao presents his book OneOrbit at New York University Prague

    October 18, 2016  |  Prague Daily Monito

  • Leroy Chiao writes op-ed: “The Mars Generation: Kicking the Can Down the Road”

    October 20, 2016  |  SPACE

  • Leroy Chiao announced his book ‘OneOrbit’ in Beijing

    August 31, 2016  |  Artron

  • Leroy Chiao writes op-ed on CNN: Astronaut on SpaceX blast: We’re not quitters

    September 02, 2016  |  CNN

  • Leroy Chiao writes op-ed: Proxima b: Is There Alien Life Just ‘Down the Block,’ or Even Closer?

    September 02, 2016  |

  • Leroy Chiao explains what the OSIRIS-REx space probe attempts to achieve by studying asteroid samples

    September 08, 2016  |  CNN

  • Leroy Chiao talks about NASA’s recent asteroid mission

    September 09, 2016  |  NPR

  • Leroy Chiao on China’s Space Station and U.S.-China relations in space

    September 16, 2016  |  New China

  • Leroy Chiao quoted in Guardian on how deep space travel affects health

    July 29, 2016  |  The Guardian

  • Leroy Chiao talks about the journey back to earth after a trip to space

    March 01, 2016  |

  • Leroy Chiao shares his review of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ from an astronaut’s perspective

    December 22, 2015  |

  • Leroy Chiao Meet with Chinese Consul General Li Qiangmin

    December 25, 2015  |  Consulate-General of China in Houston

  • Leroy Chiao discusses the physical strain of doing a spacewalk in a space suit

    January 15, 2016  |

  • Leroy Chiao discusses the loss of supply rockets destined for the International Space Station on Bloomberg Markets with Betty Liu

    July 07, 2015  |  Bloomberg Markets

  • Leroy Chiao was interviewed by BBC regarding space travel and his personal experience as an astronaut.

    March 28, 2015  |  BBC

  • Leroy Chiao , former NASA space commander, considered how to make the personal spacecraft of science fiction a reality “6 Ideas From Science Fiction That Should Become Reality”

    September 14, 2014  |  Time Magazine

  • Leroy Chiao , former NASA space commander, advocated for China’s addition to the international human spaceflight partnership

    September 25, 2014  |  Beijing Review

  • Leroy Chiao and members Leroy Chiao and Paul Chu met with Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston Li Qiang

    November 22, 2014  |  SoHu

  • Leroy Chiao discusses life in space

    January 03, 2015  |  The Atlantic


Leroy Chiao Trailblazer and former NASA astronaut


Co-founder and CEO

OneOrbit, LLC

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He works in business, consulting, executive coaching and space education. He is a co-founder and CEO of OneOrbit, a training and education solutions company, and is also a professional international speaker. Chiao also holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is an advisor to the Houston Association for Space and Science Education. He has worked in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. He was the first LSU Raborn Distinguished Chair Professor. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100.

Dr. Chiao left NASA in December, 2005 following a fifteen-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). In 2009, he served on the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.

A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.

Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corp. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab.


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