Captain Winston Scott, USN-Ret. is a former NASA astronaut. His journey to
the stars is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in
Scott's largely segregated education provided little access to resources,
but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set
him on an inspiring path of achievement.
Winston E. Scott was selected by NASA and reported to the Johnson Space
Center in August
1992. He served as a mission specialist on STS-72 in 1996 and STS-87 in 1997,
and has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space,
including 3 spacewalks totaling 19 hours and 26 minutes.
Before joining NASA, Scott earned a distinguished record of service as a
naval aviator and officer. While on active duty Scott served as a fighter
pilot, production test pilot, and as a research and development project
pilot flying, among others, the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, and A-7 Corsair
jet aircraft. Scott also flew the Navy’s SH-2F helicopter. He has
accumulated more then 5,000 hours of flight time in more than 20 different
Winston Scott retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy at the end of July 1999.
He is currently the Dean of the College of Aeronautics at Florida Institute
of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
Scott has also served as a
university vice president, engineering college dean and professor, engineering
company vice president, and as the Executive Director of the Florida Space
Authority where he was responsible for the statewide development of
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