Donald Williams was an American astronaut who was born on February 13,
1942, in Indiana.
Before he became an astronaut, Williams was a Air Force pilot. He has
logged over 6000 hours of flight time.
Williams became an astronaut in 1978. He has spent over 288 hours in
space on two spaceflights.
In 1985, Williams flew aboard Mission 51-D. The crew repaired a
satellite during this mission. In 1989, Williams commanded STS-34. The
Galileo spacecraft was deployed during this mission. Galileo went on to
Williams retired from NASA in 1990. He currently works for Science
Applications International in Texas.
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