NASA Astronaut Group 15

Summary

The Flying Escargot
Official group portrait
The astronauts of Group 15
Year selected1994
Number selected23
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NASA Astronaut Group 15 ("The Flying Escargot") was a group of 23 NASA astronauts announced on December 8, 1994.[1][2] Group members adopted The Flying Escargot as their moniker, in reference to two members of the group being from France.[3] The group featured ten pilots, nine mission specialists, and four international mission specialist trainees from France,[4][5][6] Canada[7] and Japan.[7]

Three members of this group, Rick Husband, Michael P. Anderson, and Kalpana Chawla, died in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.[8] These three received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.[9][10][11]

Another member of the group Pamela Melroy, currently serves as Deputy Administrator of NASA, taking office on June 21st 2021, having been appointed by US President Joe Biden.[12]

Pilots

Mission Specialists

International mission specialists

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