Hank Hartsfield, first Alabamian in space, dies at 80

July 20, 2014 4:22 AM

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Hank Hartsfield, first Alabamian in space, dies at 80

Alabama (AL.com)- The first Alabamian to enter space has died. Henry W. (Hank) Hartsfield Jr. passed away Thursday following an illness, NASA reports. He was 80 years old.

Hartsfield was born in Birmingham on November 21, 1933, and graduated from West End High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Auburn University in 1954. His graduate work in physics, astronautics and engineering science at other universities would serve him well in his future at NAS...

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