Apr 01, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019 Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
You may meet the Astronaut of the Day at any of the following opportunities. See the Daily Schedule for times when you arrive.
Jerry Ross is a retired NASA astronaut and United States Air Force colonel. Ross entered active duty with the Air Force in 1972 and his time in the Air Force led Ross to become a payload officer/flight controller at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1979. After selected by NASA to be an astronaut in May 1980, Ross flew as a mission specialist for six of his record holding seven flights to space. He broke the world record for being the first human launched into space seven times. Over the span of almost 1,400 career hours in space, Ross conducted nine spacewalks totally more than 58 hours of extravehicular activity.
Ross spent a considerable amount of time working on the International Space Station (ISS) between 1998 and 2002. Endeavour launched the first ISS assembly mission, STS-88, on December 4, 1998. It was a 12-day mission during which Ross completed three spacewalks and aided in connecting umbilicals between the U.S. Unity module and the Russian Zarya module. Five of Ross’s seven flights were flown on space shuttle Atlantis. From his first launch into space on November 26, 1986, aboard STS-61B Atlantis to his last on April 8, 2002 with STS-110 Atlantis. He also flew on STS-27 Atlantis, STS-37 Atlantis, STS-55 Columbia, and STS-74 Atlantis.
Throughout his career, Ross received 15 NASA medals and was awarded the American Astronautical Society’s Victor A. Prather Award for his numerous spacewalking achievements. Before retiring from NASA in January 2012, Ross served as chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office at Johnson Space Center from 2003-2011. “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” is Ross’s recently published autobiography.