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Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-16-2012 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
NASA astronaut Kenneth Ham leaves agency

NASA astronaut Kenneth Ham has left the space agency. His last day was May 31.

Ham is a veteran of two spaceflights, where he served as the pilot of STS-124 in 2008 and commander of STS-132 in 2010.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Ken during his tenure here at JSC," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "He is an incredibly accomplished aviator and with a great sense of humor. We wish him the best in this new phase of his career."

Above: Attired in his launch and entry suit, NASA astronaut Ken Ham, STS-132 commander, occupies the commander's station on the flight deck of space shuttle Atlantis.

Ham, a Navy captain, holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He joined NASA in 1998.

Before flying in space, he served in multiple technical roles including work as a space shuttle capsule communicator (CAPCOM). Ham's most recent NASA assignment included duties as an instructor pilot in the T-38N and WB-57F research pilot.

Ham is a pilot with more than 6,000 flight hours and experience in more than 40 different aircraft. A 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Ham will return to the institution as an instructor.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 08-16-2013 03:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He and his wife Michelle have started a nonprofit organization called Higher Orbits, working with children in the area of STEM (science, engineering, technology and math.)

(I have no further details on it.)

astro-nut
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posted 08-25-2013 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for astro-nut   Click Here to Email astro-nut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have met both Ken and Michelle Ham and they are very friendly people to chat with about the NASA and Space Shuttle Program. I wish them both good luck in their future!!

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