Thomas P. Stafford

United States astronaut

Thomas Patten Stafford (born September 17, 1930; Lt Gen, USAF, Ret.) is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut.

Thomas P. Stafford
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Thomas Stafford (1969)
Born (1930-09-17) September 17, 1930 (age 90)
StatusRetired
NationalityAmerican
Other namesThomas Patten Stafford
Alma materUnited States Naval Academy, B.S. 1952
OccupationTest pilot, consultant
AwardsDfc-usa.jpg Congressional Space Medal of Honor NASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg Russia-Space-Medal.png
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General,
United States Air Force
Time in space
21d 03h 42m
Selection1962 NASA Group 2
MissionsGemini 6A, Gemini 9A, Apollo 10, Apollo–Soyuz Test Project
Mission insignia
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RetirementNovember 1, 1979

Stafford commissioned in the United States Air Force, flying the F-86 Sabre prior becoming a test pilot.

He was selected to become an astronaut in 1962, and flew aboard Gemini 6A and Gemini 9.

In 1969, Stafford was the Commander of Apollo 10, the second crewed mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to an altitude of nine miles.

In 1975, Stafford was the commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight, the first joint U.S.-Soviet space mission.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford". United States Air Force. February 1979. Retrieved 7 February 2018.