Donald "Deke" Slayton was an American astronaut who was born on March 1,
1924, in Wisconsin.
Before he became an astronaut, Slayton was a fighter pilot in World War
II. He has logged over 9000 hours of flight time.
Slayton became an astronaut in 1959. He was one of the original seven
Mercury astronauts. He has spent over 216 hours in space on one
spaceflight. In 1975, Slayton flew aboard the Apollo-Soyuz Test
Project. The Apollo spacecraft linked up with a Russian spacecraft. The
crews of each country spent nine days performing experiments together.
Slayton left NASA in 1981.
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