Robert Crippen is an American astronaut who was born on September 11,
1937, in Texas.
Before he became an astronaut, Crippen was an Air Force pilot. He has
flown over 6500 hours.
Crippen became an astronaut in 1969. He has spent over 506 hours in
space on 4 spaceflights.
Crippen's first spaceflight occurred in 1981, aboard the first space
shuttle. The crew tested the shuttle Columbia during this mission. His
second mission was aboard STS-7 in 1983. This mission included the first
American woman in space, Sally Ride.
In 1984, Crippen made two spaceflights. During Mission 41-C, Crippen
and crew rescued a satellite. His fourth spaceflight was aboard Mission
41-G. It was the first spaceflight to carry seven astronauts.
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