MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An astronaut who shares the record for most Space Shuttle missions will visit West Virginia University as a scholar-in-residence to meet with students as a continuation of the yearlong celebration of Hidden Figures, the 2017-18 Campus Read.
Jerry L. Ross will also give a public lecture Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mountainlair ballrooms.
Ross is a veteran of seven U.S. Space Shuttle missions, a record he shares with Franklin Chang-Diaz. A 2014 inductee into the Astronaut Hall of Fame, he is the author of Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer, as well as a version of his story for children, Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars. He flew five times on the Atlantis space shuttle, once on Columbia and once on Endeavour. Ross also led the team of spacewalkers who began assembly of the International Space Station and was among the first to enter it in orbit.
With nine spacewalks, Ross is tied for third among spacewalkers worldwide and second in the U.S.
He is one of only three NASA astronauts to support the US Space Shuttle program from before the first launch through the final shuttle landing. Ross also supported the International Space Station program from its inception through the final assembly and initial operations. He helped develop and create the facilities, tools, techniques and training needed to construct the space station.
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