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Brent W. Jett Jr.


Captain Brent W. Jett Jr., USN (Ret.)

NASA astronaut and retired Navy Captain Brent W. Jett Jr. is a Michigan native. Jett graduated first in his class from the U.S. Naval Academy where he studied aerospace engineering (1981). In 1989, Jett received a Master of Science in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. In 1983, Jett was designated a Naval Aviator in Fighter Squadron (VF) 74, flying the F-14 Tomcat. After attending Navy Fighter Weapons School and serving as a rest pilot for several years, Jett returned to the operational Navy in 1991. In 1992, Jett was selected by NASA as an Astronaut Candidate. He is now a veteran of four space shuttle missions (STS-72, STS-81, STS-97and STS-115). In all, Jett has traveled over 17 million miles and logged over 40 days in space. Currently, Jett is serving in a management position at NASA's Johnson Space Center as Director, Flight Crew Operations, responsible for directing activities of the directorate, including the Astronaut Corps and aircraft operations at Ellington Field.

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