Two NASA astronauts, both with one-of-a-kind career credits, will be honored on May 19 when they are inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at 17:00 UTC. Honorees will include Ellen Ochoa, ex-KB5TZZ — the first Hispanic woman to go into space and the current director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and former astronaut Michael Foale, KB5UAC. Mir. Bob Cabana, a 2008 hall of famer and current director of Kennedy Space Center, will speak at the induction ceremony about the distinguished careers of the two honorees.
The ceremony will take place at the Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
Ochoa was selected as a NASA astronaut in January 1990. A veteran of four flights, Ochoa logged more than 978 hours in space, serving as mission specialist on space shuttle mission STS-56, payload commander on STS-66, and both flight engineer and mission specialist on STS-96 and STS-110. She has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, NASA’s highest award.
Foale was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1987. A veteran of six missions, he logged more than 374 days in space and four spacewalks totaling almost 23 hours, including a spacewalk to perform repairs and upgrades to NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. He also is the only American citizen to have served on both the Russian Mir space station and the International Space Station. Foale retired from NASA in 2013.
During his ISS tour, the British-born Foale set up the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Phase 2 equipment, a Kenwood TM-D700E dualband transceiver, in the Zvezda Service Module.