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F. Story Musgrave, Class of 1960

Scientist, Physician, Astronaut

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The holder of numerous degrees in the arts and sciences, including a B.A. in chemistry from Marietta College in 1960, F. Story Musgrave exemplifies the unlimited opportunities of the American educational system.

Musgrave began his career in aviation with the United States Marine Corps in 1953. Following extensive training and experience in aerospace medicine, he was selected as a scientist-astronaut by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1967. He completed astronaut academic training and then worked on the development of the Skylab space station. In 1974, he became involved in the Space Shuttle program, designing and testing extravehicular activity equipment, including spacesuits, life support systems, and airlocks in manned maneuvering units. He has served on many shuttle flights, including those of the Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavour, and Columbia. In 1993, Musgrave led three other astronauts on the repair mission of the Hubble Space Telescope. He performed three of a record five spacewalks during this eleven-day flight, successfully restoring the Hubble to its full capabilities and adding to our knowledge of the universe.

Musgrave was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Marietta College in 1983. Known as NASA's "Renaissance astronaut," he is one of the oldest humans to ever travel in space.