David HilmersStatus: Retired 1/28/1950 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 10/3/1985 Last Flight: 1/22/1992David Carl Hilmers is a former NASA astronaut. Hilmers was selected a NASA astronaut in July 1980, and completed the initial training period in August 1981. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 493 hours in space.LaunchesSpace Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-51-JSpace Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-26Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-36Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-42National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationType: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Bill Nelson Founded: 1958 Launchers: Space Shuttle | SLS Spacecraft: Orion Country: USAThe 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.