James Donald "Wxb" Wetherbee (born November 27, 1952) is a retired American naval officer and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and is the only American to have commanded five spaceflight missions.
Wetherbee was raised in
Huntington Station, New York. He earned a bachelor's degree in [1 ] aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame before receiving his commission in the United States Navy. A test pilot, Wetherbee worked extensively on the F/A-18 aircraft before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1984. He piloted mission STS-32 in 1990 and commanded missions STS-52 (1992), STS-63 (1995), STS-86 (1997), STS-102 (2001), and STS-113 (2002). The final three missions were dockings with Mir and the International Space Station; STS-113 was the last Space Shuttle mission before the . Columbia disaster
Wetherbee retired from NASA in January 2005 and currently works for
Wetherbee is married and has two children.
Special honors [ edit ]
In 2009, Wetherbee was inducted into the
United States Astronaut Hall of Fame. [2 ]
Records [ edit ]
Only American to have commanded five missions in space.
[3 ] Has landed the Space Shuttle more times than anyone (five).
[4 ] At 6'4" (1.93 m), Jim Wetherbee is the tallest person to fly in space
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