Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


James Shelton


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Personal data

Birthdate:  03.03.1949
Birthplace:  Cordova, Alabama
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  05.06.1987
Selection group:  NASA-12
Position:  MSP
Status:  Ret. ??.06.2003


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-44 Atlantis  MS  24.11. - 01.12.1991 6d 22h 50m 
2  STS-53 Discovery  MS  02.12. - 09.12.1992 7d 07h 19m 
3  STS-69 Endeavour  MS  07.09. - 18.09.1995 10d 20h 28m 
4  STS-101 Atlantis  MS  19.05. - 29.05.2000 9d 20h 09m 
5  STS-102 Discovery / ISS-02 / STS-105 Discovery  MS / Flight Engineer  08.03. - 22.08.2001 167d 06h 40m 
Total  202d 05h 26m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  STS-84  MS / Flight Engineer
2  STS-89  MS / Flight Engineer

Additional information

Bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from Auburn University, 1972; master of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado; one honorary doctorate degree; Colonel, USA, Ret.; USN test pilot school class 83; flight test engineer, JSC; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 11; hobbies: Woodworking, skiing, softball, racquetball, scuba diving, wrestling, flying an airplane he built himself; until June 2003 Operations & Utilization Office, International Space Station Program Office, JSC; fall 2003 Associate Dean for External Affairs, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University, Auburn; was Vice President for Space Exploration Systems at Transformational Space Corporation LLC (t/Space); in November 2007 he became Vice President of Engineering, SpaceDev Investor Relations.


Last update on August 25, 2018.