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Robert L. Crippen, Former Astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director

Robert L. Crippen, Former Astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director

Robert L. Crippen (Captain, USN, retired) was the pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle Program (STS-1, April 12-14, 1981) and was the commander of three additional shuttle flights: STS-7, June 18-24, 1983; STS-41C, April 6-13, 1984; and STS-41G, October 6-13, 1984.

He served as Deputy Director – Shuttle Operations, Director – Space Shuttle, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, Vice President – Lockheed Martin Information Systems, and President of Thiokol Propulsion.