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William E. Thornton

American - ( NASA)

Deceased

Date of Birth: April 14, 1929
Date of Death: Jan. 14, 2020


William Edgar Thornton is a former NASA astronaut.

Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099 | STS-8

Lockheed Space Operations Company | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 30, 1983, 6:32 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-8 was the third mission of Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed an Indian 10 and Weather satellite. It was the first night launch and night landing of the Shuttle program. It also carried the first African-American astronaut; Guion Bluford.

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Space Shuttle Challenger / OV-099 | STS-51-B

Lockheed Space Operations Company | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
April 29, 1985, 4:02 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Unknown

STS-51-B was the seventeenth flight of the shuttle program and the seventh for Space Shuttle Challenger. It was the second flight for SpaceLab.

Low Earth Orbit
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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
3 days, 8 hours ago
Starlink 16
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.


Electron
Success
3 days, 14 hours ago
Another One Leaves The Crust
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1A - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

Dedicated mission for a single communication microsatellite that will enable specific frequencies to support future services from orbit. The launch w…


Long March 3
Success
4 days, 5 hours ago
Tiantong-1-03
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tiantong-1-03 is the third satellite in a series of Chinese geostationary communication satellites.


LauncherOne
Success
6 days, 1 hour ago
Launch Demo 2 (VCLS ELaNa XX)
Mojave Air and Space Port - Air launch to orbit

This is Virgin Orbit's second attempt to launch the LauncherOne rocket. It also carries cubesats which were contracted by NASA through Venture Class …


New Shepard
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
NS-14
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

For this mission, the New Shepard crew capsule will be outfitted with upgrades for the astronaut experience as the program nears human space flight. …