Patrick G. Forrester Status: Active 3/31/1957 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 8/10/2001 Last Flight: 8/29/2009 Patrick Graham Forrester is a retired United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Army, Forrester had achieved the rank of colonel. He is married and has two children. Forrester has flown on three Space Shuttle missions, STS-105, STS-117 and STS-128. He is the current Chief of the Astronaut Office, having assumed the role from Chris Cassidy in June 2017. Launches Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-105 Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-117 Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-128 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The 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.