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Charles Bolden

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 19, 1946
Age: 73


Charles Frank Bolden Jr. is a former Administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and a former NASA astronaut. A 1968 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he became a Marine Aviator and test pilot. After his service as an astronaut, he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. On May 23, 2009, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Bolden as NASA Administrator and Lori Garver as Deputy NASA Administrator. Bolden was confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2009. He was the first African American to head the agency on a permanent basis. On January 12, 2017, Bolden announced his resignation from NASA during a town hall meeting at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. His last day would be January 19, and Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. was announced as acting NASA Administrator.

Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-61-C

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Jan. 12, 1986, 11:55 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-61-C was the twenty-fourth mission of the shuttle program and the seventh of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission included the second African-American shuttle pilot, future NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, the first Costa Rican born astronaut and the second sitting politican to fly in space: Bill Nelson.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-31

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 24, 1990, 12:33 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-31 was the thirty-fifth mission of the space shuttle program. Discovery's tenth mission deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-45

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
March 24, 1992, 1:13 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Unknown

STS-45 was a 1992 Space Shuttle mission using the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Its almost nine-day scientific mission was with a non-deployable payload of instruments. It was the 46th Space Shuttle mission and the 11th for Atlantis.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-60

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Feb. 3, 1994, 12:10 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Unknown

STS-60 was the first mission of the US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program, which carried Sergei K. Krikalev, the first Russian cosmonaut to fly aboard a Space Shuttle. The mission used Space Shuttle Discovery, which lifted off from Launch Pad 39A on 3 February 1994 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The mission carried the Wake Shield Facility experiment and a SPACEHAB module into orbit, and carried out a live bi-directional audio and downlink link-up with the cosmonauts aboard the Russian space station Mir.

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Kuaizhou
Success
2 days, 23 hours ago
Kuaizhou
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Kuaizhou
Success
3 days, 5 hours ago
Jilin-1-02B
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
3 days, 22 hours ago
Progress MS-13 (74P)
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The Progress resupply vehicle is an automated, unpiloted version of the Soyuz spacecraft that is used to bring supplies and fuel to the Internation...


Electron
Success
3 days, 23 hours ago
Running Out Of Fingers
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

This is the Rocket Lab's 10th flight. It carries several small satellites for international commercial customers. This is also the first flight to ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
4 days, 14 hours ago
SpX CRS-19
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

SpaceX will launch the Dragon spacecraft on their 19th operational cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station. The flight is being c...