Ellen S. Baker Status: Retired 4/27/1953 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 10/18/1989 Last Flight: 6/27/1995 Ellen Louise Shulman Baker, M.D., M.P.H. is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. Baker serves as Chief of the Education/Medical Branch of the NASA Astronaut Office. Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-34 Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-50 Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-71 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.