Endeavour commander is a Philly product

November 11, 2008 10:42:08 AM PST
Space Shuttle Commander Christopher Ferguson secretly wanted to be an astronaut even before he joined the Navy. His wish came true 10 years ago. Now, he's about to command his first space mission. Liftoff for the two-week mission is set for Friday night.

Ferguson says he has had his mind on a space mission since high school. He says it is nice to be in charge.

The 47-year-old Ferguson is a Navy captain and former test pilot who has flown in space once before, as co-pilot on a 2006 mission.

He loves music and is a drummer in an astronaut rock 'n' roll band. He and his wife, Sandra, have a 16-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 14 and 12. All their children play in the school band.

He grew up in Philadelphia.

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