The Next 10 Americans in Space
The shuttle has retired, but the astronauts haven’t.
- By Tony Reichhardt
- AirSpaceMag.com, July 26, 2011
In the 1980s, as an Air Force pilot stationed in Iceland, Ford used to intercept Soviet combat aircraft over the North Atlantic. Twenty years later, as a U.S. astronaut, he lived outside Moscow at the Gagarin cosmonaut training center, as the head of NASA operations. Ford has made one spaceflight, as the pilot on STS-128 in 2009. He’ll launch to the space station in September 2012 for the second half of Expedition 33, then in November will begin Expedition 34, commanding a crew of three Russians, one American, and a Canadian.