Retired astronaut Capt. Scott Altman was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on April 21. Altman is one of 96 so honored; his fellow inductee was Thomas Jones. A Navy fighter pilot known for his aerial acrobatics in the movie “Top Gun,” Altman joined NASA in 1995 to pilot his first two shuttle missions, serving as commander on his final two missions. In total, he has spent more than 51 days in space.
Altman is a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Navy Commendation Medal. He was the 1987 award winner for outstanding achievement in tactical aviation, selected by the Association of Naval Aviation. Having retired from NASA in 2010, he and his wife, Jill, live on 36th Street in Georgetown and are active in several neighborhood groups.