“Many people ask me if I would fly on a space shuttle again. I never hesitate to answer “yes.” The benefits of going into space far exceed the risks. I believe it is important that humans continue to reach, and to grow. It is only through exploration and growth in knowledge that we are able to provide a better life for everyone.“
Winston Elliott Scott is a retired United States Navy Captain and former NASA astronaut.
Born August 6, 1950, in Miami (Coconut Grove), Florida. He attended George Carver Senior High School until integration occurred in Dade County Schools. He received a bachelor of arts degree in music from Florida State University in 1972 and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1980.
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 aircrafts. .
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 space-related business.
Scott has written a book about his experiences in space, titled Reflections From Earth Orbit