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Story Musgrave is an American physician, a retired NASA astronaut, and a consultant to Disney’s Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. He is known as the only astronaut to fly aboard all five of the Space Shuttles launched into space. He made a total of six flights into space.
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Key Facts & Information
- Franklin Story Musgrave was born on August 19, 1935, in Boston, Massachusetts.
- He was born to Percy Musgrave and Marguerite Swann.
- He considers Lexington, Kentucky to be his hometown.
- From 1947 to 1953, he attended Dexter School in Brookline, Massachusetts and St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts.
- He dropped out in his senior year after missing crucial exams due to a car accident.
MILITARY CAREER AND EDUCATION
- After dropping out of school, Musgrave enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1953.
- He was on active duty aboard the USS Wasp in the Far East where he served as an aviation electrician, aircraft crew chief, and instrument technician.
- He completed his GED while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
- After serving in the Marines, he had earned outstanding academic credentials: B.S. Mathematics and Statistics from Syracuse University (1958); M.B.A. in operations analysis and computer programming from the University of California, Los Angeles (1959); B.A. Chemistry from Marietta College (1960); a medical doctorate degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (1964); M.S. Physiology and Biophysics from the University of Kentucky (1966); and M.A. Literature from the University of Houston–Clear Lake (1987).
NASA CAREER OVERVIEW
- In 1967, he was chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to be part of the NASA Astronaut Group 6, a group of astronauts who are also scientists and would take part in space missions.
- Upon completion of his training, Musgrave began working on the Skylab program, the first space station of the United States space station, which was occupied between May 1973 and February 1974.
- He also took part in designing spacesuits, life support systems, airlocks, and extravehicular equipment while he trained to be a jet pilot.
- Musgrave is a veteran of six space flight missions, spending a total of 1,281 hours, 59 minutes, 22 seconds on space flights.
- In April 1983, Musgrave went aboard his first space mission on STS-6, the sixth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
- In July 1985, he worked as flight engineer on the crew of Spacelab-2 which was intended for astronomical research.
- He served as a mission specialist on STS-33 in November 1989, STS-44 in November 1991, and STS-80 from November to December 1996.
- He was a flight controller, also known as capsule communicator (CAPCOM), for the second and third Skylab missions, and Space Shuttle missions STS-31, STS-35, STS-36, STS-38 and STS-41.
- Capsule communicators are the ones on Earth who communicate with crews flown into space.
- His role as payload commander on STS-61 would be his most important mission as he led the successful repair of the Hubble Space Telescope in December 1993.
- Story Musgrave is the only astronaut to have flown on all five of Space Shuttles.
- He also held the record for the oldest person in orbit at age 61, until John Glenn surpassed his record in 1998.
SPACE SHUTTLE FLIGHTS
- All Space Shuttle flights were launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
- The STS-6 was launched on April 4, 1983. During this mission, Musgrave, together with Don Peterson, conducted the first extravehicular activity aboard the Space Shuttle. This was to test the newly designed space suits and other devices. The mission lasted 5 days, 23 minutes, 42 seconds.
- The STS-51-F/Spacelab-2 was launched on July 29, 1985. The flight carried 13 experiments in astrophysics, astronomy, and life science. Musgrave was systems engineer and pilot. The mission lasted 7 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes, 26 seconds.
- The STS-33 was launched on November 22, 1989. The flight was a classified mission which operated payloads for the US Department of Defense. Musgrave served as a mission specialist. The mission lasted 5 days, 7 minutes, 32 seconds.
- The STS-44 was launched on November 24, 1991. The mission was successful in deploying a Defense Support Program satellite with an Inertial Upper Stage rocket booster. The crew also conducted experiments to support future missions. The mission lasted 6 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes, 42 seconds.
- The STS-61 was launched on December 2, 1993. It was the first Hubble Space Telescope servicing and repair spacewalk, which turned out successful. The mission lasted 10 days, 19 hours, 59 minutes.
- The STS-80 was the longest Shuttle mission ever flown at 17 days, 15 hours, and 53 minutes. It was launched on November 19, 1996, for the purpose of astronomical research, particularly the origin and composition of stars.
RETIREMENT AND AWARDS
- He published many scientific papers on aerospace medicine, exercise physiology, and other subjects. Musgrave retired from NASA in 1997.
- Story Musgrave is a decorated astronaut. He has been awarded the following medals: the Meritorious Unit Commendation, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal with one star, NASA Space Flight Medal with five stars, and the National Defense Service Medal.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Story Musgrave Facts
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- News From Space
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