Space man inspired by ‘The Right Stuff’ gets set for the second act he never expected


After flying in space three times ‘ including as commander of NASA’s final space shuttle mission ‘ and spending more than 40 days off the planet, Chris Ferguson hung up his astronaut wings in 2011.

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After flying in space three times ‘ including as commander of NASA’s final space shuttle mission ‘ and spending more than 40 days off the planet, Chris Ferguson hung up his astronaut wings in 2011. But rather than kick up his feet, the former U.S. Navy pilot went back to work ‘ this time in the commercial sector.
Ferguson joined Boeing as director of crew and mission operations, overseeing the design of the aerospace giant’s CST-100 Starliner space capsule, which is intended to replace the shuttle. Along with SpaceX, Boeing was awarded a NASA contract in 2014 to develop a space capsule to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station

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