Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Rick Husband, space shuttle astronaut, born 1957

Richard "Rick" Husband, born July 12, 1957 in Amarillo, Texas, was an astronaut for NASA.  He flew on two space shuttle missions, STS-96 on Discovery and STS-107 on Columbia which disintegrated upon re-entry February 1, 2003.  Although the Columbia mission was only his second flight, he was appointed Commander.

Prior to his NASA career, Husband was a Second Lieutenant in the US Air Force, attending pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma.  He logged over 3800 hours of flight time in more than 40 different types of aircraft.

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