Live online chat about spaceflight with John B. Herrington, Rocketplane Limited, Inc. Vice President/Director of Flight Systems
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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About Capt. John B. Herrington:
Capt. Herrington (USN) is the first Native American to fly and walk in space and is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Born in Wetumka, Okla., Herrington has logged 330 hours in space, including nearly 20 hours of extra-vehicular activity, since NASA selected him as an astronaut candidate in 1996. As Mission Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-113 (Nov. 23 to Dec. 7, 2002), he exhibited spectacular skill assembling and repairing the International Space Station as part of the mission. Throughout his career with NASA and the United States Navy, Herrington has logged more than 4,000 flight hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft. He retired from his position with NASA Johnson Space Center to join the Rocketplane team.
Herrington began his career by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1983 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1995. The recipient of numerous honors, Herrington was a Distinguished Naval Graduate from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1984. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, and various other service honors.