On Saturday May 5, the 2012 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame ceremony was held at the Kennedy Space Center. Franklin R. Chang Díaz, Kevin P. Chilton and Charles J. Precourt joined an elite group of American space heroes as they were inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. This is the eleventh group of space shuttle astronauts named to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Earlier inductees represent the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs.
The addition of Dr. Chang Díaz, a veteran of seven space shuttle flights who has logged more than 1,601 hours in space; Gen. Chilton, the pilot on space shuttle Endeavour's maiden voyage and the commander of STS-76; and Col. Precourt, who served as shuttle mission specialist, pilot and spacecraft commander, will bring the number of space explorers enshrined in the Hall of Fame to 82.