June 1, 2015 – Colorado astronaut Kent Rominger was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 30. A native of Del Norte, Colorado, Rominger received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He also had a distinguished 26-year career as fighter pilot with the U.S. Navy before joining the astronaut corps.
Rominger was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 1992. A veteran of five spaceflights – three as pilot and two as commander – he logged more than 1,600 hours and traveled nearly 27 million miles in space. Several of Rominger’s missions were integral to the beginnings of the International Space Station. As commander of STS-96, Rominger oversaw the first docking of a space shuttle to the space station. He culminated his NASA career as Chief of the Astronaut Office.
“The original Mercury astronauts who started the Astronaut Hall of Fame were all my childhood heroes,” Rominger said. “I’m incredibly honored to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and become part of that distinguished crowd.”
Rominger currently serves as the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Orbital ATK’s Propulsion Systems Division. He joined Orbital ATK in 2006 and has served in various senior leadership capacities, including Vice President of Test and Research Operations and Vice President of Advanced Programs.
“Becoming a member of the Astronaut Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor,” said Ron Grabe, a veteran astronaut of four space flights and President of Orbital ATK’s Flight Systems Group. “On behalf my colleagues at Orbital ATK, I congratulate Kent on his induction.”
The public ceremony was held at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction. Also inducted were John Grunsfeld, Ph. D., Steven Lindsey, and M. Rhea Seddon, M.D.
This year marked the historic 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, which was conceived in the 1980s by the six remaining Mercury astronauts as a place where space explorers could be remembered. Past Hall of Fame inductees include Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle astronauts.
This year’s inductees comprise the 14th group of space shuttle astronauts named to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of members to 91.