Garrett Erin Reisman (born February 10, 1968 in Morristown, New Jersey) is an American engineer, a NASA astronaut and a self-proclaimed member of the “Colbert Universe”. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of the current Expedition 17.
Reisman is a 1986 graduate of Parsippany High School, a 1990 graduate of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1997, respectively.
Reisman is assigned as a long duration crewmember on the International Space Station. He launched as Mission Specialist 5 aboard the STS-123 Space Shuttle mission on March 11, 2008. After docking he will stay onboard as Flight Engineer 2 for part of Expedition 16. After a planned seven-week mission, he will return to Earth as Mission Specialist 5 aboard STS-124 in May 2008. During his time onboard the ISS he will have seen two visiting Space Shuttles and the installation of the Special Purpose Dextrious Manipulator (SPDM) and the pressurized section of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.
Reisman is the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station. He sent a greeting from space to the people of Israel during the celebration of Israel's 60th Independence Day in May of 2008.
He was interviewed live from space on the May 8, 2008 episode of The Colbert Report after being seen wearing a “WristStrong” bracelet.