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Deke Slayton

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Donald K. Slayton
Slayton in 1973
Donald Kent Slayton

(1924-03-01)March 1, 1924
DiedJune 13, 1993(1993-06-13) (aged 69)
NationalityUnited States
Other namesDeke Slayton
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota, B.S. 1949
Collier Trophy
James H. Doolittle Award
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Previous occupation
Bomber pilot, test pilot
Rank Major, USAF
Time in space
9d 01h 28m
Selection1959 NASA Group 1
MissionsApollo–Soyuz Test Project
Mission insignia
RetirementFebruary 27, 1982

Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton (March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993) was a United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts. He went on to become NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office and Director of Flight Crew Operations.

Slayton died on June 13, 1993 in League City, Texas from brain cancer, aged 69.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wilford, John Noble (June 14, 1993). "Donald Slayton Dies at 69; Was One of First Astronauts". The New York Times. p. B9. Retrieved April 8, 2019.