Daniel Barry is an American engineer, scientist, and a retired NASA astronaut. He was born Daniel Thomas Barry on December 30, 1953 in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He grew up and graduated in 1971 from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. He then went to college and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. In 1977, Barry completed graduate school and received a Master of Engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from Princeton University. Three years later, he received a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the same university. After graduate school, Barry became a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow in physics at Princeton. He then went on to attend the University of Miami Medical School and graduated in 1982, and completed an internship and a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency at the University of Michigan in 1985. That same year, he was selected as an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in the Bioengineering Program at the University of Michigan in 1985. Barry has worked with research studies and prosthetic design, and his work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation, and the American Heart Association of Michigan.
Barry was selected by NASA in March 1992 and reported to the Johnson Space Center that August. He completed a year of training and met the criteria for assignment as a mission specialist on Space Shuttle flight crews. Barry has worked in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory and as the Chief of Astronaut Appearances, as a source board member for the NASA Space Biomedical Research Institute, and as an Astronaut Office representative to NASDA. He also had a tour of duty with the Office of Biological and Physical Research of NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Barry is also a veteran of three space flights, STS-72, STS-96, and STS-105.
His first space flight was STS-72 aboard Endeavour. They launched on January 11, 1996 and deployed and retrieved the OAST-Flyer. Barry performed a 6 hour spacewalk to demonstrate and evaluate techniques that would later be used in the construction of the International Space Station. They returned safely to Earth nine days later, and three years after that Barry flew on his second space flight STS-96. He was aboard Discovery and launched on May 27, 1999. It was the first mission to dock with the International Space Station, and during the mission the crew delivered four tons of logistics and supplies in preparation for the arrival of the first crew to live on the station. They accomplished their scheduled assignments and landed back on Earth on June 6, 1999. His third mission was STS-105 aboard Discovery and launched on August 10, 2001 as the eleventh mission to the International Space Station. While at the orbital station, the crew delivered the Expedition 3 crew, brought the Expedition 2 crew home, attached the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, and transferred almost three tons of supplies and equipment to the station. Barry also performed two spacewalks during the mission.
Barry lives with his wife Susan, and continues his interests in space, science, and technology. He was also a contestant on the Survivor reality television series.