Happy Birthday to Long Island's own Robert "Hoot" Gibson. Former Navy Pilot and Space Shuttle Commander. Graduated from Huntington High School. Made his first solo flight over Long Island at 16 and earned his pilot's license at 17. Became a Navy pilot and was selected by NASA in 1978. Flew five missions. On his last mission, in 1995, Gibson commanded the crew of the first space shuttle mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir to exchange crews. Thank you Hoot for your contributions to space exploration!