Pierre J. Thuot Status: Retired 5/19/1955 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 2/28/1990 Last Flight: 3/4/1994 Pierre Joseph Thuot is a retired United States Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. He went into space three times, spending over 650 hours in space, including over 15 hours in three space walks. He is a former U.S. record holder for time spent on one space walk, and participated in the first three-person space walk. Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-36 Space Shuttle Endeavour / OV-105 | STS-49 Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-62 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.