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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
The International Space Station is backdropped over Miami, Florida, in this 35mm frame photographed by STS-108 Commander Dominic Gorie aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on December 17, 2001. (UPI Photo/Dominic Gorie/NASA)
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Dominic Lee Pudwill Gorie (born May 2, 1957) is an American Naval officer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four space shuttle missions.

Gorie was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His father, Capt. Paul Pudwill, was killed when he was six years old when the B-47 Stratojet he was flying developed ice on its wings and crashed. He enrolled in the United States Naval Academy where he studied ocean engineering. Following graduation in 1979, he trained as a pilot and served tours of duty aboard the carriers USS America and Coral Sea. In 1987, he trained as a test pilot and worked at the Naval Air Test Center until the Gulf War, where, stationed aboard the Theodore Roosevelt, he flew combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.

Gorie graduated from Miami Palmetto High School in Pinecrest, Florida, in 1975. He then obtained his bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, and his master of science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1990.

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