Pete Freeland

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Born (1965-11-29) November 29, 1965 (age 58)
Portland, Oregon
EducationBachelor of Science
Alma mater
  • University of Southern California
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Actor
  • Astronaut

Pete Freeland (born November 29, 1965, Portland, Oregon) is an American actor and astronaut.

Early life and education

Pete Freeland was born in Portland, Oregon to Bill and Dori Freeland. He was raised near Salem and spent most of his young life on a small farm in Aumsville, Oregon. Freeland graduated from Cascade High School in 1984[1] and from the University of Southern California[2] in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. He graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.[3]


He was a member of the PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Qualification Program that was created by teachers who used to work for NASA.[4]

Freeland played a role in the family movie called In The Name of God.[5] He won the Silver Award for Best Acting Ensemble for the short film Rumrunners in June 2021.[6]


  1. Much, Justin. "Journey between Aumsville and the mesosphere". Statesman Journal. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  2. "Astronaut, rocket scientist and actor, Pete Freeland attends film festival". The Journal of the San Juan Islands. 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  3. Mazzella, Diana (2015-07-26). "Suborbital Space". Lift Magazine. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  4. Messier, Doug (2015-02-24). "Project PoSSUM Graduates First Class of Scientist-Astronauts". Parabolic Arc. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  5. "Pete Freeland Videos". Trinity Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 2023-10-14.
  6. "Silver Awards: June 2021". Independent Shorts Awards. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2023-10-14.

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