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Vance D. Brand

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: May 9, 1931
Age: 89


Vance DeVoe Brand is an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He served as Command Module Pilot during the first U.S.-Soviet joint spaceflight in 1975, and as Commander of three Space Shuttle missions. His flight experience includes 9,669 flying hours, which includes 8,089 hours in jets, 391 hours in helicopters, 746 hours in spacecraft, and checkout in more than 30 types of military aircraft. Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colorado, is named in his honor.

Saturn IB | Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
July 15, 1975, 7:50 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Human Exploration

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project was the first joint US-Soviet space flight and the last crewed US space mission until the Space Shuttle program. The US side of mission began on July 15, 1975, 19:50:00 UTC, launching Commander Thomas P. Stafford, Command Module Pilot Vance D. Brand and Docking Module Pilot Donald K. Slayton into orbit. Two days later, they docked with the Soyuz 19 spacecraft. American and Soviet crews visited each other's spacecrafts, performed docking and redocking maneuvers, conducted joint scientific experiments, exchanged flags and gifts. Crews spent more than 44 hours together, and after final parting of the ships on July 19, Apollo crew spent nine more days in orbit, conducting Earth observation experiments. The Apollo crew returned to Earth on July 24, 1975, 21:18:0 UTC with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-5

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 11, 1982, 12:19 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-5 was the first operational flight of the Space Shuttle and it deployed a 10 satellite into orbit. It carried four crew members.

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Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099 | STS-41-B

Lockheed Space Operations Company | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Feb. 3, 1984, 1 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-41-B was the tenth Space Shuttle mission and the fourth of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed 2 communication satellites and inluded the first untethered spacewalk. It was also the first shuttle mission to land at Kennedy Space Center.

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Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-35

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Dec. 2, 1990, 6:49 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Astrophysics

STS-35 was the tenth flight of Columbia and the 38th of the shuttle program. Its mission was devoted to astronomical observations using ASTRO-1, a spacelab observatory consisting of four telescopes.

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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.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 12 hours ago
Starlink 13
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Soyuz 2.1A
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Soyuz MS-17
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-17 begins expedition 63 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins to the I...


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 3 days ago
NS-13
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

This will be the 13th New Shepard mission and the 7th consecutive flight for this particular vehicle (a record), demonstrating its operational reus...


Long March 3
Success
1 week, 5 days ago
Gaofen 13
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
2 weeks, 3 days ago
Starlink 12
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.