Born November 14, 1956, in Portsmouth, Virginia, but considers Bedford, Indiana, to be his hometown. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1978, and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University in 1979. Bowersox logged over 211 days in space including 2 EVAs totaling 13 hours and 17 minutes. He was the pilot on STS-50 (1992) and STS-61 (1993), spacecraft commander on STS-73 (1995) and STS-82 (1997), and most recently served as Expedition-6 Crew Commander for 5-1/2 months aboard the International Space Station (2002-2003). Bowersox retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy in December 2006.
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