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U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Selection 2011

Official NASA astronaut portrait of Bo Bobko
Official NASA astronaut portrait of Bo Bobko

Bo Bobko Inducted Into Astronaut Hall of Fame

May 10, 2011 - Col. Karol “Bo” Bobko (ret.), former space shuttle commander and currently SAIC Program Manager for the Aviation Systems Division's simulation labs, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday, May 7th. The event brought together more than 15 of the Hall of Fame's previous inductees, including NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, who was inducted into the Hall in 2006.

Bo became the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to be selected to train as an astronaut and fly in space. During his 19 years with the astronaut program, Bo logged more than 386 hours in space and flew on three shuttle missions. He served as pilot during the maiden voyage of shuttle Challenger aboard STS-6 in April 1983, as commander of shuttle Discovery aboard STS-51D in April 1985, and as commander during the maiden voyage of shuttle Atlantis aboard STS-51J in October 1985.

Watch the entire Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on NASA TV's YouTube channel.

For more information about the hall of fame ceremony and the astronaut experiences of Bo “cool as a cucumber” Bobko, please see the following:

Portrait of Bo Bobko wearing Astronaut Hall of Fame 2011 medal
Bo Bobko wearing his 2011 Astronaut Hall of Fame medal

NASA Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Hall of Fame
NASA Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Hall of Fame

Astronauts Bo Bobko, mission commander (foreground) and Donald E. Williams, pilot, are surrounded by teleprinted messages transmitted from ground controllers in the shuttle Discovery's middeck.
Astronauts Bo Bobko, mission commander (foreground) and Donald E. Williams, pilot, are surrounded by teleprinted messages transmitted from ground controllers in the shuttle Discovery's middeck.

The crew assigned to the STS-51J mission included (seated left to right) Robert L. Stewart, mission specialist; Karol J. Bobko, commander; and Ronald J. Grabe, pilot. On the back row, left to right, are mission specialists David C. Hilmers, and Major Willliam A, Pailles (USAF).
STS-51J Crew Portrait

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