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Engle, an Air Force colonel, commanded one of the two crews which

flew

the

Space

Shuttle

approach

and

landing

tests

in

1977.

Prior

to

his selection as a NASA astronaut in 1966, he was a test pilot in the

X-15 research program and had qualified for astronaut wings in X-15

rocket plane flights exceeding 50 miles altitude.

Engle was backup

lunar module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission.

Truly flew with Engle in the Shuttle approach and landing tests.

He is a Navy commander and was a MOL astronaut prior to transferring

to

NASA

in

1969.

Truly

was

on

astronaut

support

crews

for

Skylab

and

Apollo Soyuz missions.

Haise, a civilian, was lunar module pilot for Apollo 13 in 1970

and commanded one of the two flight crews for the Shuttle approach

and

landing

tests

last

year.

He

was

backup

lunar

module

pilot

for

the

Apollo 8 and ll missions and backup spacecraft commander for Apollo 16.

Me became an astronaut in 1966 after several years as a NASA research

pilot.

Lousma_ a Marine Corps lieutenant colonel, was pilot for Skylab 3

n

1973.

He

was

backup

docking

module

pilot

for

the

Apollo

Soyuz

mission and served on astronaut support crews for the Apollo 9, 10,

and

13

missions.

Lousma

has

been

an

astronaut

since

1966.

Brand was command module pilot for the Apollo Soyuz mission in

1975.

An astronaut since 1966, he was a support crewman for

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