Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

August 24, 2014 7:05 AM

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Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

Astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions in the 1980s and 90s, including two as mission commander, has died after a long battle with cancer, NASA confirms.

Nagel, an Air Force pilot who had logged many hours in fighter jets and as a test pilot, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 in the first crop of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.

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