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2024 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® Induction 

Jun 01, 2024 11:00 AM Bottom Floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis®

Join us as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex officially honors the 2024 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® with an induction ceremony on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Watch up-close as the next batch of specially selected American astronauts receive one of the highest honors in their industry, both of them demonstrating outstanding accomplishments in furthering NASA’s mission of exploration and discovery.

Guests who attend the ceremony can pick up a 2024 poster signed by the inductees, available at the Information building while supplies last.

The induction ceremony begins at 11 AM on the bottom floor of Space Shuttle Atlantis®. It is included with admission and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


2024 Inductees

David // Hilmers

  • David Hilmers received a bachelor’s of arts degree in mathematics summa cum laude from Cornell College.
  • He served with all three Marine Corps aviation wings and with the Second Marine Division as a forward air controller. When he was selected as an astronaut in 1980, he had recently completed a tour with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.
  • David is a veteran of four space flights: STS-51J in 1985, STS-26 in 1988, STS-36 in 1990 and STS-42 in 1992. He has logged more than 493 hours in space.
  • David retired from NASA in October in 1992. He eventually completed medical school and his residency at Baylor College of Medicine, finishing both the internal medicine and pediatrics program, and obtained a Master of Public Health degree.
  • He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for an Australian-based NGO, Hepatitis B Free (HBF) that was founded by his wife, Dr. Alice Lee.

Marsha // Ivins

  • Marsha Ivins, a graduate of the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, was selected as an astronaut in the class of 1984 as a mission specialist.
  • She has logged more than 7,000 hours in civilian and NASA aircraft.
  • Marsha is a veteran of five space flights: STS-32 in 1990, STSA-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997 and STS-98 in 2001. Overall, she has logged more than 1,318 hours in space.
  • In 2010, Marsha retired after a 37-year career with NASA.
  • She is currently serving as Director of Human Systems Integration at Sophic Synergistics, a human-centered design consulting firm in Houston, Texas.
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees

2024 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® Induction 

About the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) participated in creating a venue where space travelers could be remembered – the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, which opened in 1990. Today, the foundation serves as a consultant for the Hall of Fame, which includes conducting the selection process of astronauts for enshrinement by an outside committee. The Foundation's mission is to aid the U.S. in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships to extraordinary college students who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in these fields, and facilitate programs to educate the public about the impact and importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in the United States.

Since the inception of ASF, more than $8 million in scholarships have been distributed to more than 790 exceptional students in the fields of STEM at 46 university partners across the country with support from astronauts from the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Space Shuttle and Space Station programs who participate in this educational endeavor. For more information, visit www.AstronautScholarship.org.