Portrait of Richard Richards
Richard Richards is an astronaut who was born on August 24, 1946, in
Florida. Before he became an astronaut, Richards was a Navy pilot.
Richards became an astronaut in 1980. He has spent over 813 hours on 4
Richards made his first spaceflight aboard STS-28 in 1989. This was a
Department of Defense mission. In 1990, he commanded STS-41. The
Ulysses spacecraft was put into space. It went on to study the Sun.
In 1992, Richards made his third spaceflight aboard STS-50. Richards made his
last spaceflight aboard STS-64.
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
, full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science, ranging from seismology
, rocks and minerals
, and Earth system science
You might also be interested in:
How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable....more
Andrew Allen is an American astronaut who was born on August 4, 1955 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronauts, Allen was a Navy and Marines pilot. He has flown 30 different airplanes. Allen became...more
Jay Apt is an American astronaut who was born on April 28, 1949 in Massachusetts. Before he became an astronaut, Apt was a physicist who studied the solar system. In 1986, Apt became an astronaut. He...more
Neil Armstrong is an American astronaut who was born in Ohio in 1930. In July of 1969, he made history by becoming the first person to walk on the moon. Before entering the space program, Armstrong was...more
Ellen Baker is an American astronaut who was born on April 27, 1953 in North Carolina. Before she became an astronaut she was a geologist and a medical doctor. Baker joined NASA as a medical officer in...more
Michael Baker is an American astronaut who was born on October 27, 1953 in Tennessee. Before he became an astronaut, Baker was a Navy pilot. He flew over 5000 hours aboard 50 different types of aircraft....more
John Blaha is an American astronaut who was born on August 26, 1942 in Texas. Before he became an astronaut, Blaha was an Air Force pilot. He has flown over 5500 hours in 33 different types of aircraft....more
Guion Bluford is an American astronaut who was born on November 22, 1942 in Pennsylvania. Before he became an astronaut, Bluford was a pilot for the Air Force. He flew over 4800 hours on several different...more