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chappy
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posted 05-04-2008 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As we know that John Young was the longest serving at NASA, having served over 42 years, followed by Vance Brand, serving for over 41 years, does anybody know who next is on the list? Also can anyone can send me a breakdown list of all astronauts and how long they served at NASA? I would be very grateful if anyone could help me out there (from Group 1 to present). Thanks.

spaceman
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posted 05-04-2008 04:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman   Click Here to Email spaceman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are some very good statistical tables to be found on the SpaceFacts website.

If you look at the Astronauts (Alphabetical order list) it's possible to work it out. They are excel tables so you could possibly use a sort function.

There is also a NASA PDF document for reference/download at this location amongst others. That's a 2005 Edition.

Delta7
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posted 05-04-2008 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Off the top of my head, some other quarter-century + "lifers" include:
  • Gordon Fullerton (39 years~in addition to 3 years as a USAF/MOL astronaut before that);
  • Shannon Lucid, Steve Nagel (30 years and counting);
  • Steve Hawley (30 years and leaving);
  • Jerry Ross, Dave Leestma (28 years and counting).
  • Robert Parker (28 years).
  • Marsha Ivins has been an astronaut for 24 years, but was with NASA JSC for 10 years before that.
  • Anna Fisher was selected 30 years ago, but she went on leave for almost 10 years, so I'm not sure if that counts.

FFrench
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posted 05-04-2008 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Delta7:
Robert Parker (28 years)

If the question was, as stated, "longest serving at NASA," then Parker should be much longer than 28 years. He may, in fact, be next down the list after Young, Brand and Fullerton. He joined in August 1967 and retired in August 2005.

Fullerton did not make it to 39 years as I understand it - officially, he came to NASA in August/Sep 1969 and left in December 2007.

Delta7
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posted 05-04-2008 02:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by FFrench:
If the question was, as stated, "longest serving at NASA," then Parker should be much longer than 28 years.
I should have said 38 years for Parker (1967-2005).

mark plas
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posted 05-05-2008 03:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mark plas   Click Here to Email mark plas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What about Story Musgrave 1967-1997?

Delta7
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posted 05-05-2008 04:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Of course; how could I forget Story?!

In another year, Ellen Baker, John Casper, and Marsha Ivins (if you discount her first 10 non-astronaut years at NASA) will hit the quarter century mark. In 2 years, Mike Baker, Bob Cabana, Linda Godwin.

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