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2014-01-30 23:25:53

The Endeavor Awards Gala Host Committee has invited famed Astronauts Scott Parazynski, Kent Rominger and Charlie Precourt to join in staging their inaugural event celebrating Public Benefit Aviation at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion in the California Science Center. Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) January 30, 2014 "Our sponsors and supporters will be treated to private, Astronaut-guided tours of special exhibits at the California Science Center," said Mark...

2013-11-19 12:20:53

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert Cabana, director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and veteran space shuttle astronaut, will be available for interviews from 6-8 a.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 20. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This month marks the 15th anniversary of the first module of the International Space Station's launch into orbit on Nov. 20, 1998. Cabana served as commander of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-88...

2013-05-09 20:21:19

HOUSTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Rick "CJ" Sturckow has left the agency and accepted a position with Virgin Galactic as pilot on their Commercial Flight Team. A veteran of four space shuttle flights, Sturckow served first as pilot on STS-88 in 1998 and STS-105 in 2001 and later as commander on STS-117 in 2007 and STS-128 in 2009. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Before joining NASA, Sturckow served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a...

NASA Sees Unusually High Number Of Astronaut Applications
2012-02-03 13:19:17

Astronauts may not be as famous as the great Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong these days, but it hasn't stopped individuals from applying to the U.S. space agency. NASA received its second highest number of astronaut applications between November 15, 2011 and January 27, with 6,300 individuals applying. "This is a great time to join the NASA family," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement. "Our newest astronauts could launch aboard the first commercial rockets to the space...

2012-02-03 10:52:00

HOUSTON, Feb. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 6,300 individuals applied to become a NASA astronaut between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27, the second highest number of applications ever received by the agency. After a thorough selection process, which includes interviews and medical examinations, nine to 15 people will be selected to become part of the 21st astronaut class. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "This is a great time to join the...

Astronaut Application Deadline Approaching
2012-01-23 13:31:41

Individuals interested in becoming America's future space explorers have until Friday to submit their applications. The deadline to apply for NASA's next astronaut class is Jan. 27. The agency typically receives as many as 3,500 applicants for each astronaut class. Thus far, NASA has received more than 3,000 applications since November for this class. "We are excited about the response we have received, and we want to encourage anyone contemplating this dynamic and exciting career to...

2012-01-23 11:08:00

HOUSTON, Jan. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Individuals interested in becoming America's future space explorers have until Friday to submit their applications. The deadline to apply for NASA's next astronaut class is Jan. 27. (Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The agency typically receives as many as 3,500 applicants for each astronaut class. Thus far, NASA has received more than 3,000 applications since November for this class. "We are excited about the...

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2011-07-15 08:05:21

NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey announced he will leave the agency to pursue a career within the aerospace industry. His last day with NASA will be Friday, July 15. Lindsey, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is a veteran of five space shuttle missions. He also served as chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from September 2006 to October 2009. "Steve's a consummate leader and has been a great role model within the corps," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office. "His calm demeanor...

2011-07-14 14:03:00

HOUSTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Steve Lindsey announced he will leave the agency to pursue a career within the aerospace industry. His last day with NASA will be Friday, July 15. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Lindsey, a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, is a veteran of five space shuttle missions. He also served as chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from September 2006 to October 2009. "Steve's a consummate leader and...

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2011-02-04 10:35:00

NASA announced on Friday that astronaut Mark Kelly will resume training as commander of the STS-134 space shuttle mission on Monday February 7th after caring for his wounded wife, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in a Tucson, Arizona shooting. "I am looking forward to rejoining my STS-134 crew members and finishing our training for the mission," Kelly said in a statement. "We have been preparing for more than 18 months, and we will be ready to deliver the Alpha...


Latest Chief of the Astronaut Office Reference Libraries

Peggy Whitson
2012-10-27 13:45:00

Peggy Whitson is an American biochemistry researcher and one of NASA’s most experienced female astronauts after having spent a total of over 365 days in space. She was born Peggy Annette Whitson on February 9, 1960 in Mount Ayr, Iowa, and grew up on a farm outside Beaconsfield. She graduated from Mount Ayr Community High School in 1978 and went on to attend Iowa Wesleyan College, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry in 1981. She then went on to receive...

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2010-10-11 21:49:39

Alan Shepard was a naval aviator and NASA astronaut. He was the second person, and the first American, in space. He was also the fifth person to walk on the moon. He was born Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. on November 18, 1923 in Derry, New Hampshire. Upon his completion of high school, Shepard's continuing education would last several more years. He started at the United States Naval Academy, where he received his Bachelor degree in 1944. In 1945, Shepard married his sweetheart, Louise Brewer....

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