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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Astronaut
Aircraft Commander

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1950
Birth Location:
Miami, Florida

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Astronaut
Aircraft Commander

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere
Favorite Quote:
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/6/1950
Birth Location:
Miami
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Biography

NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Winston E. Scott was born on August 6, 1950 in Miami, Florida to Alston J. and Rubye L. Scott. He graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1968, received his B.A. degree in music from Florida State University in 1972 and his M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering with avionics from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Scott entered Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1973 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974. As an aviator, Scott piloted the F-14 Tomcat, F/A-18 Hornet, and the A-7 Corsair. In 1988, Scott was assigned as deputy director and test pilot in the Tactical Aircraft Systems Department at the Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Scott has logged over 6,000 hours of total flight time in more than 20 different aircraft and more than two-hundred shipboard landings.

In 1992, Scott was selected by NASA for astronaut training. He later served as a mission specialist on STS-72 Endeavour during its nine day mission from January 11, 1996 to July 20, 1996. Scott conducted one spacewalk to demonstrate and evaluate techniques later used in the assembly of the International Space Station. Scott returned to space on STS-87 Columbia during its sixteen day mission from November 19, 1997 to December 5, 1997 where he performed two spacewalks, including one that lasted over seven hours and involved the manual capture of a Spartan satellite. On the second spacewalk, Scott tested tools and procedures for future space station assembly. In 1999, Scott retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy to become Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Dean of the Florida State University College of Engineering. In 2003, Scott became the executive director of the Florida Space Authority (FSA), an organization responsible for the development of space-related business in the State of Florida. The FSA also advised the state’s governor and legislature on matters related to space and aeronautics in the state. In 2006, Scott became Vice President and Deputy General Manager on the engineering and science contract at Johnson Space Center for Jacobs Engineering in Houston, Texas. Scott’s book, Reflections from Earth Orbit (2005), is a semi-autobiographical account of his experiences as a NASA astronaut.

Scott is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the National Naval Officers Association, the Naval Helicopter Association, the Naval Tailhook Association, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. In 1998, U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine named Scott “U. S. Black Engineer of the Year.” Scott also received the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics Achievement Award and two NASA Space Flight Medals. His military honors include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Scott was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Florida Atlantic University and an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering degree from Michigan State University.

NASA astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain Winston E. Scott was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 6, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Winston Scott's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Winston Scott lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Winston Scott describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Winston Scott talks about his mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Winston Scott talks about his father's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Winston Scott describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Winston Scott describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Winston Scott talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Winston Scott talks about growing up in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Winston Scott describes segregation in Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Winston Scott describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Winston Scott describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Winston Scott describes knowing current events as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes learning about the space program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Winston Scott describes building things as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Winston Scott describes his father's emphasis on education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Winston Scott describes being involved in Boy Scouts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Winston Scott talks about playing trumpet in junior high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Winston Scott talks about his family's involvement in church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Winston Scott talks about the integration of his high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Winston Scott describes being involved in music during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes being accepted into Florida State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Winston Scott describes his time at Florida State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Winston Scott describes joining the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Winston Scott describes his time at the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Winston Scott talks about his Navy training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Winston Scott describes his career as a Navy pilot
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Winston Scott talks about African American astronauts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes being selected to become an astronaut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Winston Scott describes training for his first space flight
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Winston Scott talks about his first spaceflight
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Winston Scott describes launching into space
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Winston Scott describes the view of earth from space
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Winston Scott describes his space missions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Winston Scott describes being in space on the Endeavor Space Shuttle
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes a space shuttles' reentry into the atmosphere
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Winston Scott describes his space walks
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Winston Scott describes correcting a satellite's attitude by hand
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Winston Scott talks about the psychological screening of astronauts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Winston Scott reflects on his career as an astronaut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Winston Scott describes the food astronauts eat
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes the physical consequences of being in space
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Winston Scott describes becoming a professor at Florida State University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Winston Scott describes being the director of the Florida Space Authority
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Winston Scott talks about his memoir, 'Reflections from Earth's Orbit'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Winston Scott talks about opportunities in the space program
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Winston Scott describes his position at the Florida Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Winston Scott reflects on his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Winston Scott describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Winston Scott reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Winston Scott talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Winston Scott talks about the Florida Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Winston Scott talks about how he would like to be remembered