HENRY W. HARTSFIELD Jr., is mission commander. Born Nov. 21, 1933, in Birmingham, AL, he retired in 1977 from the U.S. Air Force, as a colonel, with more than 22 years active service and continued his assignment as a NASA astronaut in a civilian capacity. He was pilot for STS-4, the fourth and final orbital test flight of the orbiter Columbia. On his second Shuttle flight, he was commander of the STS-41- D maiden flight of Discovery.
Hartsfield received a bachelor of science degree in physics from Auburn University in 1954. He did graduate work in physics at Duke University, and in astronautics at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He received a master of science degree in engineering science from the University of Tennessee.
Hartsfield served in the Air Force with the 53rd Tactical Fighter Squadron in Bitburg, Germany. He graduated from USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, and instructed there before assignment as an astronaut to the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) Program, which was canceled. He has more than 6,400 hours flying time, with 5,700 in jets.
STEVEN R. NAGEL, Lt. Col., USAF, is the 61-A pilot. Born Oct. 27, 1946, in Canton, IL, he became an astronaut in 1979. His assignments include T-38 chase pilot for STS-1, mission specialist on STS-51-G, support crew and backup entry CAPCOM for STS-2; support crew and primary entry CAPCOM for STS- 3.
He was an F-100 pilot with the 68th Tactical Fighter Squadron at England AFB, LA, and served one year as a T-28 instructor for the Laotian Air Force at Udorn, Thailand. He was also test pilot on various projects including the F-4 and A-7D. He has 4,900 hours flying time, 3,100 in jets.
BONNIE J. DUNBAR is a mission specialist. Born March 3, 1949, in Sunnyside, WA, she became a NASA astronaut in 1980. She has been a payload officer/flight controller at Johnson Space Center; served as guidance and navigation officer/flight controller for the Skylab reentry mission; and was payload officer for integration of several Spaced Shuttle payloads.
Dunbar received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in ceramic engineering from the University of Washington and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Houston.
She served as a systems analyst at Boeing Computer Services; participated in research on wetting behavior of liquids on solid substrates as visiting scientist at Harwell Laboratories in Oxford, England; was senior research engineer at Rockwell International; and was a member of the Krafft Ehricke evaluation committee on space industrialization concepts. Dunbar is a private pilot with more than 200 hours in single-engine land aircraft. She has logged more than 300 hours as a co-pilot in T-38 jets.
JAMES F. BUCHLI, Colonel, USMC, is a mission specialist. Born June 20, 1945, in Rockford, ND, he was selected as an astronaut in 1978. He flew as a mission specialist on Shuttle mission 51-C, the first Department of Defense mission.
Buchli received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering systems from the University of West Florida.
In the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in the Republic of Vietnam; with the Marine Fighter/Attack Squadron at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Iwakuni, Japan; and performed additional duties at Namphone, Thailand, and Iwakuni, Japan. He has logged 3,000 hours flying time, 2,800 in jets.
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