Portrait of Jim Buchli
Jim Buchli was an American astronaut who was born on June 20, 1945 in North
Dakota. Before he became an astronaut, Buchli was Marine pilot in the Vietnam
Buchli became an astronaut in 1979. He has made four spaceflights spending
over 490 hours in space.
Buchli's first mission was aboard Mission 51-C in 1985. This mission was done
by the Department of Defense. Buchli made a second flight in 1985 aboard a
Spacelab mission. The size of the crew of this mission broke a U.S. record with
8 astronauts and scientists aboard.
In 1989, Buchli flew aboard STS-29 where he helped deploy the Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite. In 1991, he helped deploy the Upper Atmospheric Research
Satellite on STS-48.
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