Ross touches down in Astronaut Hall of Fame
By Carrie Napoleon Post-Tribune correspondent February 22, 2014 4:28PM
Astronaut and Crown Point Native Jerry Ross sits on a hay bale at The Crown Point Courthouse on Sunday September 22, 2013. | Jim Karczewski\For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 24, 2014 6:17AM
CROWN POINT — Jerry Ross, the region’s resident astronaut, is one of two 2014 inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.
Ross, the first human to complete seven space shuttle missions, will join astronaut Shannon Lucid, the only American woman to serve aboard the Russian Space Station Mir, as the 2014 inductees.
Dan Brandenstein, chairman of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation and a four-time shuttle astronaut and Hall of Fame members himself, made the announcement at the new Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The inductions will take place at the Astronaut Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. March 3.
Ross, the consummate explorer, was unavailable for comment.
“He’s currently in Antarctica,” spokeswoman Nancy Glasgow said.
Lucid and Ross were selected by NASA to become astronauts within two years of each other; Lucid in 1978 and Ross in 1980. Now retired, both achieved honorable milestones throughout their careers with NASA.
Ross broke the world record for being the first human launched into space seven times. Lucid joined the first U.S. astronaut class to include women and held the record until 2007 for the most flight hours in orbit by a female astronaut at 5,354 hours, or 223 days.
“Shannon Lucid and Jerry Ross are extraordinary astronauts who made history as very important and frequent crew members in shuttle missions,” Brandenstein said.
“We are looking forward to honoring their accomplishments and sharing their tremendous life stories at the May 3 induction.”