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webbrass
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posted 06-03-2004 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for webbrass   Click Here to Email webbrass     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My boss and I attended an excellent talk by Kathy Thornton the other day and it started a conversation about how we all had dreamed of being astronauts as kids.

He said the factor that limited him was height. He's 6' 6". That brought up the question who was/is the tallest astronaut and what is the height limit on astronauts today.

Anyone know?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 06-03-2004 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Current candidate requirements are as follows:

Pilots - between 64 and 76 inches
Mission Specialists - between 58.5 and 76 inches

As for learning who is/was the tallest, NASA used to provide a physical description (including height) with their astronaut biographies, but apparently no longer.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-03-2004 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, how tall is Scott "Too Tall" Parazynski?

OV-105
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posted 06-03-2004 12:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At one time it was "Ox" Van Hofften (41C,51I) at 6 foot something. For current I don't know. I think Anna Fisher is still the smallest.

NasaFrk
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posted 06-03-2004 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NasaFrk   Click Here to Email NasaFrk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have guessed that Nancy Currie was one of the shortest (height limited) astronauts.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 06-03-2004 11:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NasaFrk:
I would have guessed that Nancy Currie was one of the shortest (height limited) astronauts.

Or Parazynski's counterpart, "Too Short" Lawrence (Wendy Lawrence).

And yes, they did have those monikers on their name tags....

Kirsten
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posted 06-16-2004 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kirsten   Click Here to Email Kirsten     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How long/short is Steve Smith? I guess he is one of the taller guys within the US astronaut corps.

Mike Z
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posted 06-09-2013 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike Z   Click Here to Email Mike Z     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How tall is ESA Astronaut Luca Parmitano?

Rob Joyner
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posted 06-09-2013 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think Jim Wetherbee is right at 6'4".

mach3valkyrie
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posted 06-09-2013 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Altman is pretty tall; don't know his exact height.

chappy
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posted 06-10-2013 12:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeffery Hoffman is tall too...

moorouge
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posted 06-10-2013 02:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Joe Allen was quite small. There, somewhere, is a video of him being extracted from one of the storage lockers on the shuttle.

hoorenz
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posted 06-10-2013 04:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hoorenz   Click Here to Email hoorenz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He was not really pulled from the locker - he was situated behind the entire row of lockers and by positioning the camera on the other end, it was made to look that way.

tncmaxq
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posted 06-10-2013 05:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I read that Rick Hieb was near the limit at 6'3. I met him once and he was a bit taller than I am at 6'1.

East-Frisian
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posted 06-10-2013 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Scott Parazynski, I guess.

East-Frisian
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posted 06-10-2013 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mach3valkyrie:
Scott Altman is pretty tall; don't know his exact height.
Scott Altman was 6 ft. 4 inches according to an old NASA biography.

MarylandSpace
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posted 06-10-2013 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MarylandSpace   Click Here to Email MarylandSpace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jon McBride's name badge used to read "Big Jon."

East-Frisian
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posted 06-11-2013 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
But with 6 feet 2 inches not the tallest. Scott Parazynski has also 6 feet 2 inches.

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