Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Talk Dreams, Discuss Current State of US Space Program

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla — The three astronauts that were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Saturday, April 20 spoke with members of the media just prior to the induction ceremony. During the question and answer session that followed, they detailed what they believed their role was, what led them to be honored, and what their thoughts on the current state of the U.S. space program are.

This year’s inductees included Bonnie Dunbar, a veteran space shuttle astronaut who flew on the largest crew (an international mix of eight astronauts) ever to roar to orbit aboard the space shuttle; Eileen Collins, the first female pilot and commander of a space shuttle mission, as well as the commander of the 2005 Return-to-Flight mission STS-114; and Curt Brown, a veteran of six space shuttle missions including the flight that saw Mercury astronaut and former U.S. Senator John Glenn return to orbit.

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke presents 2013 Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee with her medal, marking her as one of the latest  members of this elite club. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke presents 2013 Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee with her medal, marking her as one of the latest members of this elite club. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Bob Crippen reacts to the thunderous applause given to him upon his arrival. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Bob Crippen reacts to the thunderous applause given to him upon his arrival. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Shuttle astronaut Karol "Bo" Bobko. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Shuttle astronaut Karol “Bo” Bobko. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Shuttle veteran Dan Brandenstein at the 2013 Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Shuttle veteran Dan Brandenstein at the 2013 Astronaut Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Charlie Duke shakes the hand of the second 2013 inductee into the Astronaut Hall of Fame Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as Hoot Gibson looks on. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Charlie Duke shakes the hand of the second 2013 inductee into the Astronaut Hall of Fame Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as Hoot Gibson looks on. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

AmericaSpace photo of Eileen Collins, Charlie Duke and Bob Cabana . Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

Photo Credit: Julian Leek / Blue Sawtooth Studio

The 2013 inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame congratulate one another. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

The 2013 inductees into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame congratulate one another. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

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3 comments to Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductees Talk Dreams, Discuss Current State of US Space Program

  • Karol

    Jason, thank you very much for these marvelous photos. Especially during times such as these, it makes me proud beyond words to remember that our beloved America can produce individuals such as these.

  • Heroes, all! I will forever cherish my picture with Charles M. Duke in 1985. These men and women epitomize what’s best in our country.

  • I am french, and i am agree with you.Thank you for those pictures .