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Wetherbee was raised in Huntington Station, New York and earned a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame before receiving his commission in the United States Navy. A Navy test pilot, Wetherbee worked extensively on the F/A-18 aircraft before being selected as an astronaut candidate in 1984. He piloted mission STS-32 in 1990 and commanded missions STS-52 (1992), STS-63 (1995), STS-86 (1997), STS-102 (2001), and STS-113 (2002). The final four missions were space station dockings with Mir and the ISS; STS-113 was the last complete space shuttle mission before the Columbia disaster. Wetherbee is married and has two children.
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