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Astronaut Charles Brady | by Donald Lee Pardue
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Astronaut Charles Brady

Robbins wall mural honoring native son. Brady flew on the STS-78 Columbia (June 20 to July 7, 1996) was the longest Space Shuttle mission to date. The 16-day mission included studies sponsored by ten nations and five space agencies, and was the first mission to combine both a full microgravity studies agenda and a comprehensive life science investigation. The Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission served as a model for future studies on board the International Space Station. The STS-78 flight orbited the Earth 271 times, covered 7 million miles in 405 hours.


Born August 12, 1951, in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Brady passed away July 23, 2006 at his home in Washington State.


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Taken on May 24, 2011