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George Nelson

George Nelson was an American astronaut who was born on July 13, 1950, in Iowa. Before he became an astronaut, Nelson studied astrophysics.

Nelson became an astronaut in 1978. He has spent over 411 hours in space on three spaceflights.

Nelson made his first spaceflight aboard Mission 41-C in 1984. He made two spacewalks during this flight. In 1986, Nelson flew aboard Mission 61-C. He photographed Halley's comet during this mission.

Nelson made his third flight aboard STS-26. This shuttle was the first to carry a crew escape system to be used during a launch emergency. Nelson left NASA in 1989. He is currently a professor at the University of Washington.



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