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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-11-2005 03:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
Veteran NASA Space Shuttle Commander Retires

After a career featuring six space missions, five as commander, and multiple senior agency management positions, astronaut James D. Wetherbee (Capt., USN, Ret.) retired from NASA to pursue other interests.

Wetherbee flew six times aboard the Space Shuttle. He is the only U.S. astronaut to command five space flights. Most recently, Wetherbee served as the Space Shuttle Lead in the Independent Technical Authority at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC). Earlier positions included service as Technical Assistant to the Director of JSC's Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, two years as Director of Flight Crew Operations at JSC and five years as the Deputy Director of JSC.

"Jim is a true expert in space operations, who has dedicated his life to space exploration," said Director of Flight Crew Operations Ken Bowersox. "His engineering sense and relentless attention to detail were critical to the success of all of his space missions. Those same skills will serve our country well, as Jim moves on to new challenges," he added.

Wetherbee was selected as an astronaut in 1984 and served as pilot aboard STS-32 in 1990. He commanded STS-52 in 1992, STS-63 in 1995, STS-86 in 1997, STS-102 in 2001 and STS-113 in 2002. His missions included flying the first approach for the first rendezvous by a Shuttle with the Russian Mir Space Station, a docking mission to Mir and two flights to the International Space Station.

Rob Joyner
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posted 01-11-2005 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA has indeed lost a great man with the retirement of Wetherbee. I had the fortunate opportunity to speak with him in 2003 during the Astronaut Hall of Fame weekend at KSC after the Max Q band had finished their set.

I told him I was there at KSC and saw him launch aboard STS-113 Endeavour, his last flight, that past November of '02. He replied,"Oh yeah! I saw you too! You didn't see me waving at you?!"

I'll never forget that one! He proceeded to kindly autograph his photo inside the copy of KSC's Lift-Off magazine dedicated to the STS-113 launch and crew I had brought with me.

A great astronaut, a great drummer and a great man. I wish him well in all his future 'endeavours'.

BMckay
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posted 01-11-2005 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I had the chance to meet him at the STS-113 crew night at the space center in January of 2003 -- right before the launch of STS-107. A fun time was had by the whole family that night. We had a great picture taken with him and he had to knell down because he was taller then us all. he thought it would make for a better picture. I sent him the photo last year but it never came back. I hope he enjoys all his new endeavours.

pokey
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posted 01-12-2005 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Per previous two responses, Wetherbee is always a positive experience. He wasn't born in Texas, but passes for one. Always took the time to check out what he was signing for me and maybe make a comment about it. A very modest man. If he makes an appearance somewhere please go. He always has time to meet and talk.

spaceman1953
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posted 01-12-2005 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He ALWAYS has time to chat and be the friendly astronaut they ALL seem to be...

He is a Notre Dame grad and comes here from time to time. A THRILL to see!

Best of luck commander!

eurospace
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posted 01-17-2005 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anybody know what his professional "other interests" are?

I doubt he'll become a professional drummer...

pokey
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posted 10-03-2012 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
BP (British Petroleum) has a commercial they are currently running here in the US that flashes photos of their employees. One of them is unmistakeably Wetherbee.

eurospace
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posted 10-04-2012 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yep, Wetherbee works as a Safety Advisor for BP.

Tom
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posted 10-08-2012 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by pokey:
BP (British Petroleum) has a commercial they are currently running here in the US that flashes photos of their employees. One of them is unmistakeably Wetherbee.

I thought "that guy" in the BP ad looked familiar!

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