Former NASA astronaut Steve Nagel dies after battle with cancer

August 23, 2014 8:17 PM

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Former NASA astronaut Steve Nagel dies after battle with cancer

Steve Nagel, United States Air Force Colonel (ret.) and a former NASA astronaut, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, August 21, at the age of 67. He lost a two-year battle with an aggressive form of melanoma, and is survived by his wife, former NASA astronaut Linda M. Godwin, and two daughters. Steven R. Nagel was born on October 27, 1946, in Canton, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering in 1969, graduating with high honors. Nagel received his commission for the U.S. Air Force through the university’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. In 1978, he earned his Master of Science in mechanical engineering from California State University. The following year he was accepted as a NASA astronaut with NASA’s first group of space shuttle trainees.

Steve Nagel, United States Air Force Colonel (ret.) and a former NASA astronaut, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, August 21, at the age of 67. He lost a two-year battle with an aggressive form of melanoma, and is survived by his wife, former NASA astronaut Linda M. Godwin, ...

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