Volume: 04, Issue: 05 11/02/2005 
Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, traverses along a truss on the International Space Station during the mission's third spacewalk. Image courtesy NASA/JSC.
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Capt. John B. Herrington. Image courtesy NASA/JSC.
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Astronaut John B. Herrington, STS-113 mission specialist, pictured on the middeck of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Image courtesy NASA/KSC.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Hubble Reveals Possible New Moons Around Pluto
Cassini Uncovers More Saturn Mysteries
International Space Station Celebrates Milestone
Spitzer Catches Black Widow Nebula

Chat about Spaceflight with a Former Astronaut

After rocketing into space as a NASA astronaut, John B. Herrington is now working on a new venture: a vehicle that will take private citizens into space. Chat online with Capt. Herrington, now Vice President/Director of Flight Systems at Rocketplane Limited, Inc., on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. Teachers, students, and the general public are encouraged to submit questions by visiting http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=herrington2005.

Online chat about spaceflight with John B. Herrington,
Rocketplane Limited, Inc. Vice President/Director of Flight Systems

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

8:00 - 9:00 AM Alaska Time
9:00 - 10:00 AM Pacific Time
10:00 - 11:00 AM Mountain Time
11:00 AM - Noon Central Time
Noon - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

How to submit questions:
Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=herrington2005 to log in and begin submitting your questions. Questions may be submitted prior to or during the designated chat time.

About Capt. John B. Herrington:
Capt. Herrington (USN) is the first Native American to fly and walk in space and is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Born in Wetumka, Okla., Herrington has logged 330 hours in space, including nearly 20 hours of extra-vehicular activity, since NASA selected him as an astronaut candidate in 1996. As Mission Specialist aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-113 (Nov. 23 to Dec. 7, 2002), he exhibited spectacular skill assembling and repairing the International Space Station as part of the mission. Throughout his career with NASA and the United States Navy, Herrington has logged more than 4,000 flight hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft. He retired from his position with NASA Johnson Space Center to join the Rocketplane team.

Herrington began his career by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1983 and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1995. The recipient of numerous honors, Herrington was a Distinguished Naval Graduate from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1984. He was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, and various other service honors.

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