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GordonD

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  1. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 13 No astronaut birthdays today
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    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 12 Abdulmohsen Al-Bassam (1948) Saudi Arabia Selected 1985 Backup for STS-51G Retired June 1985; no flights Steven Hawley (1951) USA Selected 1978 (NASA Group 8 ) STS-41D, 30 August - 5 September 1984 (6d 0h 56m) - Maiden flight of Discovery. Deployed three comsats and tested a solar array STS-61C, 12 - 18 January 1986 (6d 2h 3m) - Deployed Satcom K-1, also carried Materials Science Laboratory (MSL-2). Last flight before Challenger accident STS-31, 24 - 29 April 1990 (5d 1h 16m) - Deployed the Hubble Space Telescope STS-82, 11 - 21 February 1997 (9d 23h 37m) - Second Hubble Servicing Mission; replaced various instruments and boosted the telescope into a slightly higher orbit STS-93, 23 - 28 July 1999 (4d 22h 49m) - Deployed the Chandra X-ray Observatory Total flight time 32d 2h 41m Retired February 2008 Scott Vangen (1959) USA Selected 1993 Backup for STS-67 ASTRO-2 Retired March 1995; no flights Kenneth Ham (1964) USA Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17) STS-124, 31 May - 14 June 2008 (13d 18h 13m) - Delivered Japanese Kibo Module to the ISS; partial crew exchange (Chamitoff up; Reisman down) STS-132, 14 - 26 May 2010 (11d 18h 28m) - Delivered Russian Rassvet Module to the ISS Total flight time 25d 12h 41m Retired May 2012 Chen Dong (1978) China Selected 2010 (China Group 2) Shenzhou XI/Tiangong-2 Expedition 1, 16 October - 18 November 2016 (32d 6h 29m) Still on active flight status Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 11 Robert Smith (1928) USA Selected 1962 (Military astronaut) Retiral date unknown; no flights Died 19 August 2010 Francisco Rubio (1976) USA Selected 2017 (NASA Group 22) Still in astronaut training; no flights yet Information from Spacefacts website
  4. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 10 No astronaut birthdays today
  5. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 9 Alvin White (1918) USA Selected 1958 (MISS) Part of the short-lived Man In Space Soonest project which was cancelled when NASA was created and chose its own astronauts Pilot of the XB-70 Valkyrie when it collided with F-104 chase plane; only survivor of the accident Died 29 April 2006 Information from Spacefacts website
  6. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 8 John McKay (1922) USA Selected 1960 (X-15 Group 1) Flew the X-15 on 29 occasions; crashed on his final one in November 1962 after which he retired Died 27 April 1975 as a result of complications arising from the accident Vladimir Shatalov (1927) USSR Selected 1963 Soyuz 4, 14 - 17 January 1969 (2d 23h 20m) - First docking of two manned spacecraft: two cosmonauts launched on Soyuz 5 transferred and landed with him Soyuz 8, 13 - 18 October 1969 (4d 22h 50m) - 'Troika' flight; was supposed to film the docking of Soyuz 6 and 7 but this was cancelled Soyuz 10, 22 - 24 April 1971 (1d 23h 45m) - First docking with a space station (Salyut 1) but unable to get an airtight seal and crew unable to go aboard Total flight time 9d 21h 55m Retired 25 June 1971 There is no record of Shatalov's death: if this is the case then he is the oldest living person to have flown in space Information from Spacefacts website
  7. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    I did post this yesterday but the site appeared to go down when I sent it. Fortunately it was still in the editor panel so I didn't have to type it again! December 7 Matthew Dominick (1981) USA Selected 2017 (NASA Group 22) Still in astronaut training; no flights yet Robb Kulin (1983) USA Selected 2017 (NASA Group 22) Resigned for personal reasons August 2018; no flights I remember noticing the first time an astronaut flew who was born after the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Now we have people training to be astronauts who were born after the first Space Shuttle mission... Information from Spacefacts website
  8. GordonD

    Short Jokes III - Worst in the Series

    I ran out of paint so had to stop modelling and talk to the wife. Turns out she doesn't work in Woolworth's any more.
  9. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 6 No astronaut birthdays today
  10. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 5 Zhugderdemidyin Gurragcha (1947) Mongolia Selected 1978 (Interkosmos Group 2) Soyuz 39/Salyut 6 Visiting Flight 6. 22 - 30 March 1981 (7d 20h 42m) Retired March 1981 (This man gets my vote for the best name of any space traveller!) Bruce Melnick (1949) USA Selected 1987 (NASA Group 12) STS-41, 6 - 10 October 1990 (4d 2h 10m) - Deployed the Ulysses Solar Polar probe STS-49, 7 - 16 May 1992 (8d 21h 17m) - Maiden flight of Endeavour. Retrieved, repaired and redeployed Intelsat-VI F3 (only three-man EVA in history) Total flight time 12d 23h 27m Retired July 1992 Norishige Kanai (1976) Japan Selected 2009 Soyuz MS-07/ISS Expeditions 54/55, 17 December 2017 - 3 June 2018 (168d 5h 18m) Still on active flight status Information from Spacefacts website
  11. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 4 Roberta Bondar (1945) Canada Selected 1983 (Canada Group 1) STS-42, 22 - 30 January 1992 (8d 1h 14m) - Carried International Microgravity Laboratory (IML-1) Retired January 1992 Ronald Sega (1952) USA Selected 1990 (NASA Group 13) STS-60, 3 - 11 February 1994 (8d 7h 9m) - Deployed and retrieved the Wake Shield Facility. First Shuttle flight with a Russian cosmonaut (Krikalev) STS-76, 22 - 31 March 1996 (9d 5h 16m) - Third Shuttle-Mir docking; Lucid remained aboard with current expedition Total flight time 17d 12h 25m Retired July 1996 Information from Spacefacts website
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    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 3 Viktor Gorbatko (1934) USSR Selected 1960 Soyuz 7, 12 - 17 October 1969 (4d 22h 40m) - 'Troika' flight with Soyuz 6 and Soyuz 8. Docking with Soyuz 8 cancelled Soyuz 24/Salyut 5 Expedition 2, 7 - 25 February 1977 (17d 17h 25m) Soyuz 37/Salyut 6 Taxi Flight 4 , 23 - 31 July 1980 (7d 20h 42m) - Landed aboard Soyuz 36 Total flight time 30d 12h 47m Retired August 1982 Died 17 May 2017 Terry Higbee (1949) USA Selected 1979 (MSE Group 1) Trained as Manned Spaceflight Engineer for a Shuttle mission but programme cancelled Retired March 1985; no flights Steven Swanson (1960) USA Selected 1998 (NASA Group 17) STS-117, 8 - 22 June 2007 (13d 20h 11m) - Delivered S3/S4 Truss to the ISS; partial crew exchange (Anderson up, Williams down) STS-119, 15 - 28 March 2009 (12d 19h 29m) - Delivered S6 Truss and Solar Array 4 to the ISS; partial crew exchange (Wakata up; Magnus down) Soyuz TMA-12M/ISS Expeditions 39/40, 25 March - 11 September 2014 (169d 5h 5m) Total flight time 195d 20h 45m Retired August 2015 Information from Spacefacts website
  13. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for December

    December 2 No astronaut birthdays today
  14. December 1 Robert Herres (1932) USA Selected 1967 (MOL Group 3) Trained for Manned Orbiting Laboratory but programme cancelled Retired June 1969 Died 24 July 2008 Alexander Alexandrov (1951) Bulgaria Selected 1978 Soyuz TM-5/Mir Taxi Flight 1, 7 - 17 June 1988 (9d 20h 9m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TM-4 Retired June 1988 Konstantin Kozeyev (1967) Russia Selected 1996 Soyuz TM-33/ISS Taxi Flight 2, 21 - 31 October 2001 (9d 19h 59m) - Landed aboard Soyuz TM-32 Retired November 2007 Terry Virts (1967) USA Selected 2000 (NASA Group 18) STS-130, 8 - 22 February 2010 (13d 18h 6m) - Delivered Tranquility/Cupola Module to the ISS Soyuz TMA-15M/ISS Expeditions 42/43, 23 November 2014 - 11 June 2015 (199d 16h 42m) Total flight time 213d 19h 48m Retired August 2016 Information from Spacefacts website
  15. GordonD

    Astronaut Birthdays for November

    November 30 Mike Melvill (1940) USA Selection date unknown SpaceShipOne Flight 15P, 21 June 2004 (24m) - First privately-financed spaceflight (suborbital) - Time shown is of independent flight following separation from carrier SpaceShipOne Flight 16P, 29 September 2004 (24m) - Suborbital; first of two flights within a two-week period to qualify for X-prize Total flight time 48m Retired October 2007 Information from Spacefacts website
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