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Kyle Herring

RELEASE: 94-041 June 17, 1994

ASTRONAUT BOLDEN RETURNS TO MARINE CORPS

Four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut Charles F. Bolden, Jr., (Colonel, USMC) will leave NASA and return to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., effective June 27.

Bolden leaves NASA after 14 years. He was selected to be an astronaut in 1980 and held several technical assignments within the Astronaut Office prior to his first Shuttle flight in January 1986 aboard Columbia on the STS 61-C mission. During the 6-day flight, the crew deployed a communications satellite and conducted several experiments in astrophysics and materials processing.

His second flight was aboard Discovery on the STS-31 mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope in April 1990. As commander of Atlantis' STS-45 mission in March

1992, Bolden watched over the Orbiter during the conduct of 12 experiments that made up the first Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-1) payload. The mission was the first dedicated to NASA's Mission to Planet Earth.

Bolden's final Shuttle mission was in February aboard Discovery on the STS-60 flight. The mission marked the first joint U.S./Russian Shuttle flight with a cosmonaut flying as a crew member. It was the second flight of the Spacehab middeck augmentation module and the first flight of the Wake Shield Facility designed to evaluate the effectiveness of growing semiconductors, high temperature superconductors and other materials using the ultra-high vacuum created behind the spacecraft near the experiment package.

"It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Charlie, but we wish him well at Annapolis," said David C. Leestma, Flight Crew Operations Director. "Having served

as a crew member with him, I saw a clear demonstration of the leadership qualities he has.

While we will miss Charlie, he certainly has left a positive mark, not only on the astronaut

corps, but on everyone who knows him throughout NASA."

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In his new role as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen, Bolden will assist the Commandant with the formulation and execution of Naval Academy policy. He will

be responsible for the execution of the day-to-day routine of the Brigade. Bolden also will coordinate and direct the training of the Brigade Officers.

In addition to flying more than 680 hours during his four space missions, Bolden has logged over 6,000 hours flying time in various aircraft, including the A-6A and A-6E, the EA-6B, the A-7C/E and several NASA training aircraft.

Bolden, 47, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical science. He received a master of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977.

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