Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, Who Led First Flight Of Space Shuttle Discovery, Dies At 80

July 18, 2014 5:13 PM

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Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, Who Led First Flight Of Space Shuttle Discovery, Dies At 80

NASA astronaut Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, who in 1984 commanded the maiden mission of the space shuttle Discovery, died on Thursday (July 17). He was 80.

Hank Hartsfield's death came as a result of complications from back surgery he had several months ago, according to his fellow astronaut and STS-41D crewmember Mike Mullane.

Also read: Eugene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82

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