Born April 15, 1951 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, but considers Scottsdale, Arizona to be his hometown. received a B.S. degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972; an M.S. in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida in 1974; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics from UCLA in 1984 and 1987, respectively. Phillips has logged over 203 days in space during three flights. In the picture Expedition 11 Flight Engineer and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips floats inside the International Space Station's Destiny Laboratory.