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Bush meets with astronauts
WAX2002041701 - WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush meets with the crew of the Columbia Space Shuttle in the Oval Office on April 17, 2002. Completing a mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in March, the crew shared stories and pictures with President Bush. Pictured with the President, from left to right, are Commander Scott Altman and his wife Jill Altman; Pilot Duane "Digger" Carey and his wife Cheryl Carey; and Mission Specialist Nancy Currie. rlw/White House/Paul Morse UPI
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Captain Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman, USN, (born 15 August 1959) is a NASA astronaut and veteran of three space shuttle missions. He is performing his fourth space shuttle mission on STS-125, the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy in August 1981, received his Navy wings of gold in February 1983. As a member of Fighter Squadron 51 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Altman completed two deployments to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean flying the F-14A Tomcat. In August 1987, he was selected for the Naval Postgraduate School-Test Pilot School Coop program and graduated with Test Pilot School Class 97 in June 1990 as a Distinguished Graduate. After graduation, he spent the next two years as a test pilot working on various F-14 projects. Altman then took the new F-14D on its first operational deployment with VF-31 Tomcatters where he served as maintenance officer and later operations officer. He was awarded the Navy Air Medal for his role as a strike leader flying over Southern Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch. Shortly following his return from this six month deployment, he was selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 4000 flight hours in more than 40 types of aircraft.

He also performed many of the aerial stunts in the movie Top Gun.

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