NASA Astronaut Group 12, "The GAFFers", 1987

Posted May 5, 2011
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  1. Mae C. Jemison

    Mae C. Jemison


    Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After her medical education and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 to 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to form a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer, and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization.

  2. Ken Bowersox

    Ken Bowersox


    Kenneth Dwane "Sox" Bowersox (born November 14, 1956) is a United States Navy officer, and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions and an extended stay aboard the International Space Station.

  3. Jan Davis

    Jan Davis


    Nancy Jan Davis (born Nancy Jan Smotherman, November 1, 1953) is a former American astronaut. A veteran of three space flights, Dr. Davis logged over 673 hours in space. Dr. Davis is now retired from NASA.

  4. Kevin P. Chilton

    Kevin P. Chilton


    Kevin Patrick "Chilli" Chilton (born November 3, 1954) is an American mechanical engineer, and former United States Air Force four-star General and test pilot. His last assignment was as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from October 3, 2007 to January 28, 2011. Prior to his appointment to general officer ranks, Chilton spent 11 years of his military career as a NASA astronaut. He retired from the Air Force on February 1, 2011, after having achieved the highest rank of any military astronaut. On January 30, 2012, General Chilton was named to the board of directors of Orbital Sciences Corporation.

  5. Bruce E. Melnick

    Bruce E. Melnick


    Bruce Edward Melnick (born December 5, 1949) is a former American astronaut and retired United States Coast Guard officer. Following retirement from NASA and the Coast Guard, he entered the aerospace industry. He served as a Vice President with the Boeing Co.'s Integrated Defense Systems group, in charge of Boeing's Florida operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Melnick retired in 2008 and currently resides on Merritt Island, Florida.

  6. Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr.

    Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr.


    Kenneth Stanley Reightler, Jr. (born March 24, 1951) is a former NASA astronaut.

  7. Andrew M. Allen

    Andrew M. Allen


    Andrew Michael "Andy" Allen (born 4 August 1955) is a retired American astronaut. A former Marine aviator and Lieutenant Colonel, he worked as a test pilot before joining NASA in 1987. He flew three Space Shuttle missions before retiring in 1997.

  8. Donald R. McMonagle

    Donald R. McMonagle


    Donald Ray McMonagle (born May 14, 1952), (Col, USAF, Ret.), became the Manager, Launch Integration, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 15, 1997. In this capacity he was responsible for final Shuttle preparation, launch execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC following landings at any location other than KSC. He was chair of the Mission Management Team, and was the final authority for launch decision.

  9. James S. Voss

    James S. Voss


    James Shelton Voss (born March 3, 1949) is a Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado. He is a retired United States Army Colonel and NASA astronaut. During his time with NASA, Voss flew in space five times on board the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also served as deputy of Flight Operations for the Space Station Program Mission Integration and Operations Office. While participating in ISS Expedition 2, he and Susan Helms conducted an 8-hour and 56 minute spacewalk, the longest to date.

  10. Curtis Brown

    Curtis Brown


    Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown, Jr. (born March 11, 1956) is a former NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel.

  11. William F. Readdy

    William F. Readdy


    William Francis Readdy is a former Associate Administrator of the Office of Space Flight, at NASA Headquarters.

  12. Mario Runco, Jr.

    Mario Runco, Jr.


    Mario Runco, Jr. (born January 26, 1952), is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He is an Earth and planetary physicist.

  13. Gregory J. Harbaugh

    Gregory J. Harbaugh


    Gregory Jordan Harbaugh is a former NASA Astronaut.

  14. Thomas Akers

    Thomas Akers


    Thomas Dale Akers (born May 20, 1951) is an American former astronaut in NASA's Space Shuttle program.

  15. Michael Foale

    Michael Foale


    Colin Michael Foale, CBE, PhD (born 6 January 1957) is a British-American astrophysicist and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six space shuttle missions and extended stays on both Mir and the International Space Station. He was the first Briton to perform a space walk, and until 17 April 2008, he held the record for most time spent in space by a US citizen: 374 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes. He still holds the cumulative-time-in-space record for a UK citizen.

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