Jeffrey AshbyStatus: Retired 6/16/1954 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 7/23/1999 Last Flight: 10/7/2002Jeffrey Shears “Bones” Ashby is an American mechanical engineer, and former naval officer and aviator, test pilot and NASA astronaut, a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy. He currently works for Blue Origin as chief of mission assurance.LaunchesSpace Shuttle Columbia OV-102 | STS-93Space Shuttle Endeavour / OV-105 | STS-100Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-112National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationType: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USAThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.