2018 Astronaut Line Up

The Apollo line-up will be announced in June. In the mean-time we are delighted to confirm some of the modern-day astronauts attending:

  • Brian Duffy: STS-45, STS-57, STS-72, STS-92
  • Charlie Bolden: STS-31, STS-45, STS-60, STS-61, Former NASA Administrator
  • Chris Ferguson : STS-115, STS-126, STS-135
  • Jerry Ross: STS-61B, STS-27, STS-37, STS-55, STS-74, STS-88, STS-110
  • John Creighton: STS-36, STS-51-G, STS-48
  • Kathy Thornton: STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73
  • Kevin Chilton: STS-49, STS-59, STS-76
  • Nicole Stott: STS-128, STS-129, STS-133, Expedition 19, Expedition 20, Expedition 21
  • Winston Scott: STS-72 & STS-87
  • Terry Virts: Former Commander of ISS, STS-130, Expedition 42, Expedition 43, Soyuz TMA-15M

We will also be joined by Gerry Griffin, the Apollo flight director in Mission Control as Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing missions: Apollo 12, 15 and 17.


A veteran NASA Astronaut, her experience includes two spaceflights and 104 days spent living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. She performed one spacewalk, was the first person to fly the robotic arm to capture the free flying HTV cargo vehicle, was the last crew member to fly to and from their ISS mission on a Space Shuttle, and she was a member of the crew of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery, STS-133.  A personal highlight of Nicole’s spaceflight was painting the first watercolor in space.

Nicole Stott


Astronaut Terry Virts was Commander of the International Space Station for over 200 days – the fourth longest continuous NASA space mission. He is also one of only 4 astronauts ever to have piloted a space shuttle, flown on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, performed space walks and commanded the ISS. He is also well-known for his stunning photography from space and filmed much of the footage for the IMAX film ‘A Beautiful Planet’. His National Geographic sponsored book is called ‘View from Above’.

Terry Virts


Winston Scott had a distinguished career as a naval aviator, serving as a fighter pilot and accumulating more than 5,000 hours of flight time. He has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes. His first mission was on STS-72 in 1996, a 9-day flight which completed 142 orbits of the Earth, followed by the 15-day STS-87 in 1997.

Winston Scott


STS-45, STS-57, STS-72, STS-92     Brian Duffy, veteran of four space flights, has logged over 40 days in space. Duffy served as pilot on STS-45 and STS-57. On his third spaceflight, Duffy commanded a six-man crew on STS-72.  Later, Duffy served again as commander on STS-92 with a seven-man crew. He is currently Vice President and JSC Program Manager for Exploration Systems at Orbital ATK

Brian Duffy


Former NASA Administrator STS-31, STS-45, STS-60, STS-61  Charles Bolden served as a NASA astronaut for fourteen years logging over 680 hours in space during four space shuttle missions. Bolden served twice as commander on STS-45 and STS-60, and twice as pilot on STS-61C and STS-31. From 2009 to 2017, Bolden was the twelfth NASA Administrator, leading the space agency in its vision to reach new heights and uncover the unknown to benefit humanity.

Charles Bolden


STS-49, STS-59, STS-76 As a veteran of three spaceflights, Kevin Chilton has logged over 700 hours in space. Chilton served as pilot on STS-49 and STS-59, commanding STS-76.  After an 11-year career with NASA, Chilton returned to the Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 2011 after earning his fourth star and achieving the rank of General.



STS-38, STS-51, Expedition-3, STS-105  As a veteran of three space flights, Culbertson has logged over 146 days in space. Frank has flown STS-38 aboard Atlantis, STS-51 aboard Discovery and STS-105 launching for Expedition 3. The crew docked to the International Space Station in 2001 where Culbertson lived and worked for 129 days and was in command of the International Space Station for 117 days.


STS-51G, STS-36, STS-48  John Creighton served as pilot on STS-51G and spacecraft commander aboard STS-36 and STS-48. John has logged over 403 hours in space. After leaving NASA in 1992, he is currently a Test Pilot with Boeing Airplane Company.


STS-115, STS-126, STS-135 Chris Ferguson served as pilot aboard STS-115 and commander of STS-126. Ferguson commanded the 33rd and final flight of Atlantis, STS-135, concluding the Space Shuttle Program with its’ landing after more than 30 years of service. Ferguson currently works for Boeing as the Director of Crew and Mission Systems; CST-100.


Skylab-3, STS-3, After his selection as astronaut, Jack Lousma served as a member of the support crews for Apollo 9, 10, and 13. He was pilot for Skylab-3 and spacecraft commander aboard STS-3. Lousma spent 11 hours on two spacewalks outside of the Skylab space station. He also served as backup docking module pilot for the U.S. crew of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission.


STS-61B, STS-27, STS-37, STS-55, STS-74, STS-88, STS-110  Jerry Ross, veteran of seven shuttle missions, has logged over 1,393 hours in space including nine space walks. He flew as mission specialist on STS-61B, STS-27 & STS-37 and as Payload Commander/Mission Specialist on STS-55. He served again as mission specialist on STS-74, STS-88, and STS-110. Jerry was the first human to be launched into space seven times, comprising a world record that he shares with one NASA Astronaut.


STS-33, STS-49, STS-61, STS-73   Kathryn Thornton was selected by NASA in 1984 and became an astronaut in 1985. She served as mission specialist aboard STS-33 carrying Department of Defense payloads and additional secondary payloads. On her second flight, Thornton and the STS-49 crew conducted the initial test flight of Endeavour and performed a record four EVA’s to retrieve, repair and deploy the International Telecommunications Satellite (INTELSAT). As mission specialist EVA crew member aboard STS-61, she worked with the servicing and repair of the Hubble Space Telescope; the crew captured and restored HST to full capacity through five space walks by four astronauts. On her fourth spaceflight, Thornton served as Payload Commander of the second United States Microgravity Laboratory aboard STS-73. Kathryn Thornton has orbited Earth over 250 times, traveling over 6 million miles and logging over 15 days in space. After her retirement from NASA in 1996, Dr. Thornton joined the faculty of the University of Virginia.

View of a full Moon photographed from Apollo 11 spacecraft