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Richard H. Truly

Fighter pilot and aeronautical engineer Richard Truly became a NASA astronaut candidate in August 1969, flying Approach and Landing Tests of the Space Shuttle orbiter and two spaceflights (STS-2 and STS-8). He went on to serve as the Agency’s eighth Administrator from 1989–1992.

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Richard Truly

Former Astronaut and NASA Administrator

A Naval Aviator and test pilot, Richard Truly was chosen as NASA astronaut in 1969. He flew Approach and Landing Test flights for the Shuttle, was the pilot for STS-2, and commanded the STS-8 Shuttle mission.

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Portrait of astronaut Richard H. Truly taken in 1976. He holds a model of a space shuttle orbiter and is wearing a blue flight suit.
Astronaut Richard H. Truly in 1976
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