Story Musgrave

Astronaut

Story Musgrave was born on a dairy farm, and by age 3 wandered forests and floated homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by 13. Before finishing school, he went to Korea with the U. S. Marines as an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic. He flew with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft and as a parachutist has 800 freefalls. As a NASA astronaut for over 30 years, he flew six spaceflights, performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, piloted on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia.  He now has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology, and 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.

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