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ASCAN1984
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posted 02-20-2012 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For each astronaut class, there were one or more experienced astronauts who were entrusted with looking after the ascans throughout their training, e.g. Barbara Morgan and another astronaut I cannot remember worked with the 2004 class.

Would anyone know of any others for previous classes?

Skylon
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posted 02-21-2012 08:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think George Zamka was the other Astronaut working with the 2004 class.

I got the impression Alan Bean and Ed Gibson worked with the TFNG's, but I could be wrong. Likewise with Jim Buchli, who I think served a similar function with the 1984 Astronauts (and coined their nickname, as only a Marine can, "The Maggots").

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posted 02-21-2012 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Several of the '78 class have mentioned Al Bean being their "Mother Hen."

astro-nut
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posted 02-28-2012 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I remember correctly I believe astronaut Jeff Ashby was the class mentor for astronaut group/class 16 or 17 (one of the two).

ASCAN1984
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posted 07-03-2017 05:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What is the role of an astronaut class chaperone and what type of things do they do? Also, would anyone happen to know who else has been chaperones for past classes?

Michael Cassutt
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posted 07-04-2017 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chaperone is the wrong word. These senior astronauts are actually training chiefs. For the 1978 and 1980 groups, it was Alan Bean in his capacity as acting chief astronaut. The structure and role has changed over the years and I may have notes on who did what with which groups. But, for example, training for the 2013 group was directed by Vegas Kelly.

MarylandSpace
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posted 07-04-2017 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Chaperone/Handler is the term some of us use to describe the individuals who shield the ascans and astronauts from autograph seekers at the National Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 07-04-2017 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wonder if "chaperone" being used here originated from Alan Bean's NASA oral history, where Jennifer Ross-Nazzal asks:
Were there any lessons you learned with the '78 class that you applied to training and chaperoning of the next 19?
That is the only relevant use of "chaperone" I can find searching across NASA's many websites.

Michael Cassutt
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posted 07-05-2017 11:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Cassutt   Click Here to Email Michael Cassutt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ASCAN1984:
What is the role of an astronaut class chaperone and what type of things do they do? Also, would anyone happen to know who else has been chaperones for past classes?
Here are some ASCAN training leaders, an incomplete and possibly inaccurate list, since the titles and functions changed frequently.
  • 1984 group - Hilmers
  • 1985 group - Grabe
  • 1987 group - Gregory
  • 1990 group - Voss (also Bud Ream)
  • 1992 group - Readdy
  • 1995 and 1996 groups - Thuot and Apt
  • 1998 group - don't have
  • 2000 group - Foreman
  • 2004 group - Zamka
This is a start, at least, for addition and certain correction.

astro-nut
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posted 07-08-2017 10:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I remember correctly, I think Jeff Ashby was ASCAN chaperone for Group-17/1998 Class?

astro-nut
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posted 07-12-2017 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patrick Forrester was the chaperone for Astronaut Group 21/Class of 2013.

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