Jerry L. Ross biography

Jerry L. Ross


1948 –


Who is Jerry L. Ross?

Jerry Lynn Ross is a United States Air Force officer, retired, and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions, making him a record holder for most spaceflights. His papers, photographs and many personal items are in the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives at Purdue University. On February 7, 2014, it was announced that Ross will be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame during ceremonies in May.

Ross is the author of Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-Setting Frequent Flyer with John Norberg. In March of 2014 it was announced "Spacewalker" will be available in a French translation through the specialist aerospace publisher Altipresse.

Fellow astronaut Chris Hadfield describes Ross in his autobiography, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, as "the embodiment of the trustworthy, loyal, courteous and brave astronaut archetype."


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Jan 20, 1948
Crown Point
Also known as
  • Jerry Ross
  • United States of America
  • Purdue University
  • U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School

on July 23, 2013