Portrait of Tom Akers
Tom Akers is an American astronaut who was born on May 20, 1951 in Missouri.
Before he was an astronaut, Akers was a park ranger, teacher, and Air Force
pilot. He has flown 25 different kinds of airplanes.
Akers became an astronaut in 1987. He has flown four flights. He has logged
over 800 hours in space. Akers is known for his spacewalks. He currently holds
the U.S. record for longest time outside the space shuttle.
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