Charles J. Precourt Status: Retired 6/29/1955 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 4/26/1993 Last Flight: 6/2/1998 Charles Joseph Precourt is a retired NASA astronaut. His career in flight began at an early age, and spans his entire lifetime. He served in the US Air Force, piloted numerous jet aircraft, and piloted and commanded the Space Shuttle. Notably, he piloted or commanded several missions which involved docking with the Russian Mir space station and was heavily involved in Russian/US Space relations as well as the International Space Station collaboration. He retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel. Launches Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-55 Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-71 Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-84 Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-91 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.