Shuttle Astronauts To Join U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

hall_of_fame-2_rdax_241x181This coming May more than 20 space heroes will honor one of their own as the 8th group of  space shuttle astronauts will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center.

Veteran space shuttle astronauts George “Pinky” Nelson, William Shepherd and Jim Wetherbee will join an elite group of American space heroes as they are inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.  They will join the ranks of legendary space pioneers like Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Sally Ride and John Young.  The public ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will be held Saturday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m.

As part of the weekend celebration, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will feature a special Induction bus tour ticket package.  Tours will be lead by Hall of Fame astronauts such as Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 lunar module pilot; Robert “Hoot” Gibson, five-time space shuttle astronaut; Fred Gregory, the first African American space shuttle commander; and Rick Hauck, three-time space shuttle astronaut and commander of the Return to Flight mission following the Challenger accident.  The package also includes reserved seating at the Induction ceremony and a commemorative poster of the 2009 Inductees.

 Apollo 13 astronaut Jim Lovell will also be on hand to sign copies of his book, “Apollo 13,” the 30th anniversary edition, on Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. Other autograph sessions, book signings and public presentations with Hall of Fame astronauts will also be held on May 2 and 3.  

U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction weekend tickets and full schedule are available by telephone at 321-449-4400 or online at

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