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. He
has logged over 4400 hours of flight time in 16 different aircraft.
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 deployed. It went on to study the Sun.
In 1992, Richards made his third spaceflight aboard STS-50. The crew
performed several experiments in space manufacturing. Richards made his
last spaceflight aboard STS-64.
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