U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® – Astronaut Bios
2012 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees
Hall of Fame astronauts will gather at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on May 5, 2012, to honor three of their own. With the addition of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Class of 2012, Dr. Chang Díaz, a veteran of seven space shuttle flights who has logged more than 1,601 hours in space; Gen. Chilton, the pilot on space shuttle Endeavour's maiden voyage and the commander of STS-76; and Col. Precourt, who served as shuttle mission specialist, pilot and spacecraft commander, will bring the number of space explorers enshrined in the Hall of Fame to 82.
Astronaut Dr. Franklin R. Chang Díaz
During his 25 years in the astronaut program, Chang Díaz became one of only two astronauts to fly on seven space shuttle missions and has logged more than 1,601 hours in space. Chang Díaz's missions aboard the space shuttle include STS-61-C, STS-34, STS-46,STS-60, STS-75, STS-91, and STS-111.
Astronaut Kevin P. Chilton
A three-time space shuttle astronaut, Chilton has logged more than 704 hours in space. He has served as the pilot of STS-49 and STS-59, and as the commander of STS-76.
Astronaut Charles J. Precourt
During his 15 years in the space program, Precourt flew four space flights and logged a total of 932 hours in space. He served as mission specialist on STS-55, as pilot on STS-71, and as commander on STS-84 and STS-91.