Endeavour commander is a Philly product

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - November 9, 2008 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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