Astronaut Jon McBride Joins 2012 FIREBALL RUN

Posted: 08/24/2012

Former NASA Astronaut Capt. Jon A. McBride Joins Team Space Coast in the FIREBALL RUN and its Race to Recover America’s Missing Children

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Orlando, Florida– The Florida Space Coast announces Jon McBride will join in the 2012 FIREBALL RUN Adventurally; Northern Exposure as one of this year’s celebrity participants.

Fireball Run is proud to have yet another distinguished astronaut, following last year’s appearance by Capt. Winston Scott.

Jon McBride has been awarded the Legion of Merit; the Defense Superior Service Medal; 3 Air Medals; the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V; a Navy Unit Commendation; the National Defense Medal; the Vietnamese Service Medal; and the NASA Space Flight Medal- as well as several honors in his home state of West Virginia.

The former Naval Aviator and Astronaut has logged more than 8,800 hours flying time, including 4,700 hours in jet aircraft.

Capt. Jon McBride became an astronaut in August 1979- his NASA assignments have included lead chase pilot for the maiden voyage of Columbia; software verification in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; capsule communicator for STS-5, 6 and 7.

McBride was pilot of STS 41-G, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on October 5, 1984, aboard the Orbiter Challenger. This was the first crew of seven. During their eight day mission, crew members deployed the Earth Radiation Budget Satellite, conducted scientific observations of the earth. The mission duration was 197 hours and concluded with a landing at Kennedy Space Center.

McBride was scheduled to fly next in March 1986, as the commander of STS 61-E crew. This flight was one of several deferred by NASA in the wake of the Challenger accident.

Jon McBride was assigned to NASA Headquarters to serve as Assistant Administrator for Congressional Relations, with responsibility for NASA's relationship with Congress, and for providing coordination and direction to all Headquarters and Field Center communications with Congressional support organizations. He held this post from September 1987 through March 1989.

Captain McBride retired from NASA and the Navy in 1989, in order to pursue a business career. He is currently a member of the Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Encounter team, and does lecturing and corporate motivational presentations.

He recently spoke about Sally Ride at the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Titusville, Fla. following her passing; McBride flew with Ride on her second mission in space.

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