George “Pinky” Nelson will be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on May 2, according to a release from Western Washington Univesity.
Nelson’s director of Western’s science, math and technology education program, where he’s been working on efforts to improve the way science is taught in schools.
Earlier Nelson was a mission specialist on three Space Shuttle launches, including the flights just before and after the Challenger disaster, the release said, before sharing some of his amazing resume:
During his career with the astronaut corps, Nelson orbited the planet 274 times, became the first astronaut to repair a satellite in orbit, conducted a number of spacewalks, and was the first and only American to “test fly” the Russian version of the astronaut jetpack, called a manned maneuvering unit. After leaving the astronaut corps, Nelson joined NASA’s Space Telescope Repair Mission Task Force, the group formed to provide an independent oversight of the Hubble Space Telescope repair missions, which he chaired until 2003.
Also being inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 2 will be astronauts Bill Sheperd and Jim Wetherbee.
Here’s a NASA image via WWU showing Nelson, at right, and astronaut James Van Hoften repairing a satellite while in orbit in 1984: