Christopher Joseph Loria
Hispanic Heritage Month Feature
Christopher Joseph "Gus" Loria is a retired Marine Corps Colonel and a medically-retired NASA astronaut. He is a Distinguished Hispanic graduate of the Naval Academy.
After numerous assignments in the Corps, including a combat deployment in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Loria was selected by NASA in April of 1996 as an Astronaut Candidate, and that August, he reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. After completing two years of training, Loria qualified for flight assignment as a shuttle pilot.
Photo: Christopher Joseph "Gus" Loria's NASA photo (image released).
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