Portrait of John Casper
John Casper is an American astronaut who was born on July 9, 1943 in
Before he was an astronaut, Casper was an Air Force fighter
pilot in the Vietnam war. He has logged over 7000 hours of flight time
in 51 types of aircraft.
Casper became an astronaut in 1985. He has spent over 825 hours in space
on four spaceflights.
In 1990, Casper made his first spaceflight aboard STS-36.
This was a Department of Defense mission.
He flew aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 1993. The crew deployed the
Tracking and Data Relay satellite during this mission.
Casper made his third spaceflight aboard STS-62 in 1994. The crew
performed experiments in chemistry and space manufacturing. He made his
last flight in 1996 aboard STS-77. The crew made several rendezvous
sequences with four different satellites.
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