Charles E. Brady Jr. Status: Deceased 8/12/1951 – 7/23/2006 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 6/20/1996 Last Flight: 6/20/1996 Charles Eldon Brady Jr. was an American physician, a Captain in the United States Navy and a NASA astronaut. He spent 16 days in space on the STS-78 flight in 1996. Brady specialized in sports medicine and worked as team physician at several universities before joining the US Navy in 1986. There he became a flight surgeon, serving with the Blue Angels from 1988-1990. In 1992 he was selected for NASA’s astronaut program and completed training to prepare for space flight. After serving in the astronaut program, he returned full-time to the Navy and served as flight surgeon at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in the San Juan Islands before retiring in the Pacific Northwest. Launches Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-78 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Type: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USA The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.