Monday, May 15th
8:30 – 9:30am
Kindergarten – 8th grade students will attend this special event and we highly encourage all interested parents, family members and friends to attend. Those outside of our school community are welcome as well! Just check-in at the front desk upon arrival. Take a moment to watch documentary trailer, The Real Stuff, with Commander Jim Wetherbee and his crew as they travel into space to repair the crippled Russian MIR Space Station.
Jim Wetherbee’s Bio
With thirty-five years of experience in high-hazard operational environments, Jim Wetherbee is passionate about helping leaders and operators in dangerous endeavors with critical mission objectives. He is the only American astronaut to have commanded five missions in space, and the only person to have landed the Space Shuttle five times.
Jim began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy, flying the A-7 Corsair. In his second tour, he was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet. Jim has logged 345 arrested landings aboard aircraft carriers, and he has flown 20 different types of air and space vehicles.
In 1984, Jim was selected to join NASA in its tenth group of astronauts. Over his twenty-year career, he flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as director, Flight Crew Operations, selected to improve the flight and ground safety in the astronaut corps.
Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry, Jim joined the oil and gas industry as a Safety and Operations Auditor. As a VP, Operating Leadership, he helped improve operating results consistently over the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors to inspire people to perform with operating excellence.
Jim is the author of Controlling Risk—In A Dangerous World. In this book, he describes thirty Techniques of Operating Excellence, developed in the space program to help astronauts (and operators in any high-hazard environment) to simultaneously prevent accidents and improve performance.
- Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame, 1974
- Graduate, US Navy Test Pilot School, 1981
- Lifetime Member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots (since 1983)
- Honorary Member, Musicians’ Union, Local 47, American Federation of Musicians, Los Angeles, CA
- US Astronaut Hall of Fame (inducted 2010)