Services For Former Astronaut Are Saturday In Texas

Services for former astronaut Henry “Hank” Hartsfield, who died of complications after surgery, will be Saturday in Texas.

Henry "Hank" Hartsfield (NASA photo/file)

HOUSTON (July 25, 2014) Services for former astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who logged 483 hours during three trips into space and commanded two shuttle missions, are Saturday in suburban Houston.

Hartsfield died July 17 of complications after back surgery, his daughter Judy Gedies said Friday.

He was 80.

Hartsfield, from Birmingham, Ala., had a physics degree from Auburn University, graduated from Air Force test pilot school and was selected for astronaut training in 1969.

He earned an engineering science master's degree from the University of Tennessee in 1971.

He served on a 1972 lunar landing support crew, was pilot 10 years later for the shuttle Columbia's last test mission and commander for a Discovery flight in 1984 and Challenger in 1985.

Hartsfield later worked in several NASA administrative positions.

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