Phillips, also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, has been involved with the space program for 14 years, serving as an on-call doctor for space shuttle missions.
That didn't end with the dissolution of the shuttle program in
"There are two different programs ramping up," he said.
In one -- Commercial Crew --
So, where does an ENT specialist from
His role is twofold: coordinating a rescue effort if one is ever needed for astronauts traveling to and from the
"I'm excited about working on plans for the future," said Phillips, a diehard proponent of the space program.
He said people thought the space program cost too much when the space shuttle program was active; but, he continued, Americans spend more on
"Smoke detectors were designed to detect fires on Skylab in the '70s," he explained. "
Magnetic Resonance Imaging also was developed by
So, he's proud of his involvement -- past, present and future -- though details of his future involvement are still being worked out.
"Things are still in the formative phases because
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