Steven HawleyStatus: Retired 12/12/1951 – Nationality: American Type: Government First Flight: 8/30/1984 Last Flight: 7/23/1999Steven Alan Hawley is a former NASA astronaut who flew on five U.S. Space Shuttle flights. He is professor of physics and astronomy and director of engineering physics at the University of Kansas. Following an aborted attempt to launch STS-41-D where two main engines were stopped shortly after they started because the third failed to start, Hawley is reported to have broken the tense atmosphere in the shuttle cabin, saying, “I thought we’d be a lot higher at MECO!”LaunchesSpace Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-41-DSpace Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-61-CSpace Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-31Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-82Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 | STS-93National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationType: Government Abbreviation: NASA Administration: Administrator: Jim Bridenstine 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.