Sts8 Dr Bill Flies

On 24 April 1982, the crew for STS-8 was named, with Dick Truly as commander, Dan Brandenstein as pilot and Guion Bluford and Dale Gardner as mission specialists. On 21 December 1982, NASA announced that Dr. Bill Thornton had been added to the crew to study SAS phenomena (Norman Thagard was assigned to the crew of STS-7 at the same time, for the same reason). The removal of the second TDRS from the manifest following the STS-6 problems had little effect on Thornton, who had his own package of experiments to perform on himself and his crew. His excitement at finally getting a flight was very evident, especially to his family. His wife, Jennifer, thinks that the happiest she ever saw him (during his years with NASA) was the Christmas before he flew for the first time.20

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