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American Robert CRIPPEN

born Robert Laurel CRIPPEN

American retired naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and retired astronaut

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas, United States  (83 years)


He traveled into space four times: as Pilot of STS-1 in April 1981, the first Space Shuttle mission; and as Commander of STS-7 in June 1983, STS-41-C in April 1984, and STS-41-G in October 1984. He was also a part of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test, Apollo–Soyuz, and the Approach and Landing Tests for the Space Shuttle. He did not go to space for any of those programs.

In 1986, Crippen participated in the recovery operations for the remains of crew members after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. He was also on the commissions responsible for determining the cause of the accident.

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