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By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronaut Mike Mullane has flown on the shuttle three times and would go again in a heartbeat, but in a new memoir he called this ship the most dangerous spacecraft humans have ever ridden.
Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on December 2, 1988 at 9:30 AM EST and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on December 6 at 3:36 PM PST. The shuttle orbited 68 times at a classified altitude at an angle of 57 degrees and travelled 1.8 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes, and 37 seconds. This was the third mission dedicated to the Department of Defense and details of the shuttle mission activities are classified. The launch set for December 1 during a...
Robert Crippen is an engineer, a retired United States Navy Captain, and a former NASA astronaut. He was born Robert Laurel Crippen on September 11, 1937 in Beaumont, Texas. He was raised in Texas and graduated from New Caney High School, and then went on to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering in 1960. Crippen was commissioned through the United States Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School Program, and became...
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