John Elmer Blaha is a retired United States Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of five space missions aboard the Space Shuttle and Mir. Blaha is married to the former Brenda I. Walters of St. Louis, Missouri. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
STS-29 was the eighth flight of Discovery and its primary mission was to deploy the TDRS-D 10 satellite. It also deployed eight secondary payloads.Low Earth Orbit
STS-33 was the thirty-second shuttle mission and the ninth of Space Shuttle Discovery. It was the fifth shuttle mission in support of the Department of Defence.Low Earth Orbit
STS-43 was the ninth flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The nine day mission had a primary goal of launching the fifth Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, TDRS-E.Low Earth Orbit
STS-58 was a mission flown by Space Shuttle Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on 18 October 1993. The missions was primarily devoted to experiments concerning the physiological effects of spaceflight.Low Earth Orbit
STS-79 was the 17th flight of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and the 79th mission of the Space Shuttle program. The flight saw Atlantis dock with the Russian space station Mir to deliver equipment, supplies and relief personnel. A variety of scientific experiments were also conducted aboard Atlantis by her crew. It was the first shuttle mission to rendezvous with a fully assembled Mir, and the fourth rendezvous of a shuttle to the space station.Low Earth Orbit
STS-81 was a January 1997 Space Shuttle Atlantis mission to the Mir space station.Low Earth Orbit
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.