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C Gordon Fullerton

About C Gordon Fullerton

Notable for his participation in the Space Shuttle Enterprise s Approach and Landing Tests; the Space Shuttle Columbia s third mission; and the Space Shuttle Challenger s eighth flight, this NASA astronaut and test pilot also earned the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force.

Early life

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, he worked for the Southern California-based Hughes Aircraft Company.


His numerous honors include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Ray E. Tenhoff Award.

Family of C Gordon Fullerton

Born Charles Gordon Fullerton, he spent his youth in Rochester, New York and Portland, Oregon. He was married to Marie Jeanette Buettner, and he raised children named Andrew and Molly.

Close associates of C Gordon Fullerton

He and Jack Lousma were both on the crew of NASA s 1982 STS-3 mission.

Charles Fullerton

About Charles Fullerton

Research pilot and member of one of the two crews to pilot the Space Shuttle prototype.

Early life

He joined the U.S. Air Force after working as a mechanical design engineer.


He logged more than 15 days in space and piloted over 135 different types of aircraft.

Family of Charles Fullerton

He married and had two children.

Close associates of Charles Fullerton

He is a pilot like fellow astronaut Michael Collins.

Karol Bobko

About Karol Bobko

Astronaut involved in the 1975 Apollo–Soyuz Test Project, a 1985 Space Shuttle Discovery mission, and a 1985 U.S. Department of Defense mission aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. He was also the first pilot to fly the doomed Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying out a successful 1983 voyage aboard the shuttle.

Early life

He achieved the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force.


He flew on three Space Shuttle missions and was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

Family of Karol Bobko

He grew up in New York City as a member of a family of Polish heritage.

Close associates of Karol Bobko

He and fellow astronaut James Irwin were both Colonels in the U.S. Air Force.

Janice Voss

About Janice Voss

Astronaut who flew in space five times, which was the record for women at the time of her death in 2012.

Early life

She earned a doctorate in aeronautics/astronautics from MIT in 1987, after having studied at Purdue University and Rice University.


She was part of the first Space Shuttle rendezvous with the Mir space station. She later died of breast cancer.

Family of Janice Voss

She married Brian D. Ford in 1993.

Close associates of Janice Voss

She and astronaut Charles D. Walker studied engineering at Purdue.

Laurel Clark

About Laurel Clark

Crew member of the doomed Columbia space shuttle, which broke up above Texas upon reentry into Earth s atmosphere.

Early life

She studied zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, before earning a medical degree.


An asteroid and several planetary landmarks were named in her honor, as well as an auditorium at the National Naval Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Family of Laurel Clark

Her husband Jonathan Clark was a captain in the U.S. Navy.

Close associates of Laurel Clark

Gus Grissom was another astronaut who died in a shuttle accident.

Loren Shriver

About Loren Shriver

Flew on three spaceflights, piloting one and serving as commander on two. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2008.

Early life

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a test pilot before being selected as an astronaut in 1978.


He went on to become the Deputy Director for Launch and Payload Processing at the Kennedy Space Center.

Family of Loren Shriver

He had three children with his wife Susan.

Close associates of Loren Shriver

He was a test pilot like astronaut Michael Collins.