Michael A. Baker Status: Retired 10/27/1953 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 8/2/1991 Last Flight: 1/12/1997 Michael Allen Baker is a retired captain in the United States Navy, former NASA astronaut, and the International Space Station Program Manager for International and Crew Operations, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. He is responsible for the coordination of program operations, integration and flight crew training and support activities with the International Partners. Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-43 Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-52 Space Shuttle Endeavour / OV-105 | STS-68 Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-81 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.