Bob Crippen STS-7 Autographed Print
Item #: PhotoCrippen
Bob Crippen STS-7 Autographed Print Space Shuttle Astronaut Bob Crippen signed a limited number of 8" x 10" prints showing him on the flight deck during the STS-7 mission. Crippen became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions and for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission. He was the pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle program (STS-1, April 12–14, 1981) and was the commander of three additional shuttle flights: STS-7, June 18–24, 1983; STS-41C, April 6–13, 1984; and STS-41G, October 6–13, 1984. In addition to participating in the first Shuttle flight, he also presided over the first five-person crew (STS-7, which had the first American woman in space), the first satellite repair operation (STS-41-C, which repaired the Solar Maximum Mission satellite), and the first seven-person crew (STS-41-G). He was named commander of the STS-62A mission in which the new SLC-6 facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base would have been used. That mission was cancelled after the Challenger Disaster, which forced the closure of SLC-6 when the Air Force went back to launching satellites on the Titan III and Titan IV rockets.