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Charles D. Walker

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 29, 1948
Age: 70


Charles David "Charlie" Walker (born August 29, 1948) is an American engineer who flew on three Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985 as a Payload Specialist for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. He is the first non-government individual to fly in space.

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-41-D

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 30, 1984, 12:41 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-41-D was the twelth flight of the Space Shuttle program and the maiden flight for Space Shuttle Discovery. It deployed three commercial 10 satellites during the six day mission along with a number of scientific experiments being conducted.

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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-51-D

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 12, 1985, 1:59 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-51-D was the sixteenth flight of the shuttle and fourth for the Space Shuttle Discovery. Its mission was to deploy a number of 10 satellites. The landing suffered extensive brake damaged and a ruptured tire. All subsequent landings had to be done at the Edwards Air Force Base until the development and implementation of nose steering.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-61-B

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 27, 1985, 12:29 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-61-B was the twenty-third space shuttle mission and the second for the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The shuttle was launched for Kennedy Space Center and the shuttle deployed three communicates satellites. It also tested techniques for constructing structures in orbit. This mission marked the quickest turnaround of a shuttle, just 54 days elapsed beetween this launch and Atlantis' previous mission.

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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.