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Ellison Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka

  • Status: Lost In Flight
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 06/24/1946
  • Date of Death: 01/28/1986
  • First Flight: 01/24/1985
  • Last Flight: 01/28/1986


Ellison Onizuka, a American astronaut affiliated with the government agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, embarked on 2 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

Ellison Shoji Onizuka (鬼塚 承次 Onizuka Shōji) was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C. He died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, on which he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. He was the first Asian American and the first person of Japanese ancestry to reach space.

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