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Chris Ferguson,
Board of Directors Member

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation is governed by a team of industry leading professionals whose talents and experiences drive ASF's policies, objectives and overall direction to support the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Chris Ferguson

Christopher J. Ferguson, a retired U.S. Navy captain and former NASA astronaut.

Ferguson, a NASA astronaut for 13 years, is veteran of three space shuttle missions. Prior to his service as an astronaut, he was an F-14 Tomcat pilot and test pilot who served aboard the USS Forrestal and USS Nimitz.

Ferguson leverages his space shuttle experience as pilot of STS-115 (Atlantis), commander of STS-126 (Endeavour) and commander of the final shuttle mission, STS-135 (Atlantis). He has logged more than 40 days in space, 5,700 hours in high performance aircraft, and nearly 400 carrier arrested landings.

Ferguson has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a Master of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. He holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate and a Professional Engineer’s license. Ferguson has been recognized with numerous service awards and citations, including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Strike/Flight Air Medal, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and NASA Spaceflight Medals.


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