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The Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction served as the backdrop for the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (AHOF) induction ceremony May 3 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Beneath Atlantis, two former astronauts and veteran space explorers, Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross, who both flew on missions on Atlantis, were inducted as the class for 2014.
Shannon Lucid, a member of NASA's first astronaut class to include women, has retired after more than three decades of service to the agency.
NASA astronaut Carl Walz is leaving the agency to take a job in the private sector.
John Blaha is an engineer, a retired United States Air Force Colonel, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born John Elmer Blaha on August 26, 1942 in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1960, and then went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in engineering science in 1965. Just one year later, he earned a Master of Science in astronautical engineering from Purdue University. In 1967, Blaha...
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