VIDEO: NASA Astronauts Brian Duffy, Scott Parazynski Inducted In U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame
By Kennedy Space Center // May 15, 2016
Both flew aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis
ABOVE VIDEO: Veteran NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and Scott Parazynski joined a prestigious group of American space heroes in the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame Saturday, during an induction ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Veteran NASA astronauts Brian Duffy and Scott Parazynski joined a prestigious group of American space heroes in the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame Saturday, during an induction ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Duffy and Parazynski make up the 15th group of space shuttle astronauts to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Both flew aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, which is now located at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and appropriately the site of the induction ceremony. Adding the two veteran astronauts to the Hall of Fame brings the total number of inductees to 93.
Both Duffy and Parazynski boast outstanding accomplishments achieved during their illustrious careers in aerospace and science:
A veteran Air Force pilot, astronaut and aerospace industry executive, Duffy flew four space shuttle missions, including STS-92, which opened the door to construction of the International Space Station.
A medical doctor and pilot, Parazynski is a veteran of five space shuttle missions. He flew alongside legendary astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn and is credited with performing a critical, unrehearsed spacewalk to repair a space station solar array.
More than 20 legendary astronauts were on hand to welcome the inductees, including: Fred Haise, Al Worden, Charlie Duke, Owen Garriott, Jack Lousma, Vance Brand, Bob Crippen, Karol “Bo” Bobko, Rick Hauck, Dan Brandenstein, Brewster Shaw, Robert “Hoot” Gibson, Jeff Hoffman, Rhea Seddon, Dick Covey, Bonnie Dunbar, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Kathy Thornton, James Wetherbee, Kevin Chilton, Charlie Precourt and Kent Rominger.
The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame was spearheaded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation, an organization created more than 30 years ago by the six surviving Mercury 7 astronauts, with the goal of helping university students pursue their dreams in science, math and technology.
Since that time, the foundation has awarded more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships to more than 400 brilliant students.
The Foundation’s legacy will continue in late 2016 when a new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as part of the new Heroes and Legends attraction. Heroes and Legends will not only bring to life the enthralling stories of America’s pioneering astronauts, but also invite guests to vicariously experience the thrills and dangers of America’s earliest missions through high-tech elements and special effects, including simulated holograms and augmented reality.
Inside the new U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, guests can use interactive features to learn more about nearly 100 astronaut heroes.
The highlight of Heroes and Legends is a 4-D omnidirectional theater experience, designed to make guests feel as though they are floating in the vastness of space. Stunning images will envelope them as legendary astronauts invite them to join in their epic journeys into the vast unknown.
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Process and Eligibility
Each year, inductees are selected by a committee of Hall of Fame astronauts, former NASA officials, flight directors, historians and journalists. The process is administered by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. To be eligible, an astronaut must have made his or her first flight at least 17 years before the induction. Candidates must be a U.S. citizen and a NASA-trained commander, pilot or mission specialist who has orbited the earth at least once.