Date: May 15, 2012
Time: Noon - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Grade Level: 4-12
STEM Careers: Astronaut, pilot, test pilot
Astronaut: a person trained to pilot, navigate, or otherwise participate as a crew member of a spacecraft
Pilot: a person who is licensed to operate the flying controls of an aircraft
Test pilot: a person who flies aircraft of new or experimental design to test their performance
During this live video chat, NASA Explorer Schools offered students an opportunity to ask questions of astronaut Greg Johnson about his education, astronaut training, piloting the shuttle, and living and working in space.
In 2007, Johnson was selected to pilot Endeavour on the STS-123 mission that launched in March 2008. After he returned from the flight, he served as a Capsule Communicator, or CAPCOM, for STS-126, STS-119, STS-125 and STS-127 (chronological order of missions). In May 2011, Johnson piloted Endeavour's final flight, STS-134.
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› Mission STS-123
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