Commander Chris Ferguson leaves NASA
Chris Ferguson is seen here with Elmo after the successful completion of the final shuttle mission.
December 5th, 2011
02:32 PM ET

Commander Chris Ferguson leaves NASA

Chris Ferguson, a veteran of three space flights and commander of the final shuttle mission, plans to retire from NASA on December 9 and take a job in the private sector, NASA announced Monday.

Ferguson is a retired US Navy captain. He joined the astronaut corps in 1998 and flew his rookie mission aboard Atlantis (STS-115) in 2006. STS-115 was an assembly mission to the International Space Station. He visited ISS twice more, most recently during the final space shuttle mission. Overall, Ferguson has logged 40 days in space.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden says of Ferguson in a statement: "Chris has been a true leader at NASA, not just as a commander of the space shuttle, but also as an exemplary civil servant, a distinguished Navy officer and a good friend. I am confident he will succeed in his next career as he brings his skill and talents to new endeavors."

See Chris Ferguson's full bio.

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  1. ling

    come on people wake up.We can't live anywhere other than earth.Spend our money here,feed the poor live our lives,make earth a better place for the next generation,and move on.Stop spending money foolishly.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm |


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