Donald E. Williams Status: Deceased 2/13/1942 – 2/23/2016 Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 4/12/1985 Last Flight: 10/18/1989 Captain Donald Edward Williams was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut. He logged a total of 287 hours and 35 minutes in space. Launches Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-51-D Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104 | STS-34 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.