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Gary Payton

Gary Payton

  • Status: Retired
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 06/20/1948
  • First Flight: 01/24/1985
  • Last Flight: 01/24/1985


Gary Payton, a American astronaut affiliated with the government agency United States Air Force, embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, (born June 20, 1948) is an American former astronaut.
Payton flew on the STS-51-C mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in January 1985 which launched and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. STS-51C was the first dedicated Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission. Payton traveled over 1.2 million miles in 48 Earth orbits, and logged more than 73 hours in space.

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