Portrait of Norman Thagard
Norman Thagard is an astronaut who was born on July 3, 1943, in Florida.
Before he became an astronaut, Thagard was a Marine pilot. He has logged
over 2200 hours of flight time.
Thagard became an astronaut in 1978. He has spent over 3360 hours on 5
Thagard made his first spaceflight aboard STS-7 in 1983. The crew
deployed two satellites. In 1985, he flew aboard
Mission 51-B. The crew conducted experiments during this mission.
In 1989, Thagard made his third flight aboard STS-30. The crew deployed
the Magellan spacecraft which went on to explore Venus. Thagard flew
aboard STS-42 in 1992.
In 1995, Thagard made his last spaceflight aboard the Russian Mir Space
Station. He conducted 28 experiments during his 115-day stay.
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