It’s amazing to think that U.S. Airmen have been involved in the nation’s space program since the first American astronauts were selected in 1959. From Buzz Aldrin to Eileen Collins, the Air Force has a long history of developing quality candidates who have excelled in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut Program. Here’s an informative graphic outlining some of the requirements to be selected for NASA’s astronaut program.
By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Did you know our astronaut in space, Air Force Col. Terry Virts, has a Twitter account? If you’re not following him yet, don’t fret because we’ve compiled some of our favorite tweets from him while aboard the International Space Station.
By Bo Joyner
Headquarters, Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs
What’s your story? Brig. Gen. Richard Scobee likes to ask this question to every Airman he meets, and he encourages others to do the same.
“The next time you see an Airman, ask what his or her story is,” Scobee said. “I guarantee you will come away inspired and impressed.”
Scobee, commander of 10th Air Force at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, has an inspiring story of his own to tell. He’s the son of astronaut Dick Scobee who commanded the Space Shuttle Challenger that was destroyed after takeoff in 1986.