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Bob Crippen

Atronaut Robert L.Crippen was born in Beaumont, Texas, on September 11, 1937. He became a NASA astronaut in September of 1969. He was the pilot for STS-1, the first shuttle flight, April 12-14, 1981. Crippen was the spacecraft commander on STS-7 (June 18-24, 1983), STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and STS-41G (October 5-13, 1984).

From 1986 to 1989 Crippen was the deputy director for Shuttle Operations at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He was responsible for final Shuttle preparation, mission execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC after landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also served as director of the Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990 until he was named KSC director in 1992. In his headquarters post, Crippen presided over the overall Shuttle program requirements and performance, and total program control including budget, schedule, and program content. At KSC, he managed the processing, launch, and recovery of Space Shuttle missions.

In 1995, he left NASA to serve as vice president of Training Simulation Systems at Lockheed Martin Information Systems. At the end of 1996, Crippen was named President of the Thiokol Propulsion Group, Brigham City, Utah.

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