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James Wetherbee

Nonresident Fellow


Jim Wetherbee is a nonresident fellow with the Baker Institute Space Policy Program, as well as a former NASA astronaut, aerospace engineer, naval officer and aviator. Wetherbee is the only astronaut to have commanded five missions in space (tied with one Russian cosmonaut), and the only person to have landed the space shuttle five times. He began his career as a naval aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy, where he flew the A-7 Corsair. In his second tour, he was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet. Wetherbee has logged 345 arrested landings aboard aircraft carriers, and he has flown 20 different types of air and space vehicles throughout his career. In 1984, he was selected to join NASA’s tenth group of astronauts. Over his 20-year career, he flew six missions on the space shuttle, two missions to the Russian Space Station and two missions to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as director of flight crew operations. Following his career at NASA, Wetherbee joined the oil and gas industry as a safety and operations auditor for BP Corporation North America, Inc., where he helped improve operating results by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors to inspire people to perform with operating excellence. Wetherbee earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame. 

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