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Jerry L. Ross
Jerry Lynn Ross (born 20 January 1948) is an American astronaut and a veteran of seven space shuttle missions. He holds the current (as of 2004) record for U.S. spacewalks (nine) and cumulative spacewalking time (58 h 18 min).
Ross was born and raised in Crown Point, Indiana and studied at Purdue University while earning his commission in the United States Air Force through the university's ROTC program. He participated in engine design studies before training as a test pilot and working on the B-1 Lancer bombers. Ross began working at Johnson Space Center in 1979 and was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1980. He has flown on missions STS-61-B (1985), STS-27 (1988), STS-37 (1991), STS-55 (1993), STS-74 (1995), STS-88 (1998), and STS-110 (2002).
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