Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


John Elmer


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Personal data

Birthdate:  26.08.1942
Birthplace:  San Antonio, Texas
Marital status:  married
Children:  three
Selection date:  19.05.1980
Selection group:  NASA-9
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 26.09.1997


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-29 Discovery  PLT  13.03.1989 - 18.03.1989 4d 23h 38m 
2  STS-33 Discovery  PLT  23.11.1989 - 28.11.1989 5d 00h 06m 
3  STS-43 Atlantis  CDR  02.08.1991 - 11.08.1991 8d 21h 21m 
4  STS-58 Columbia  CDR  18.10.1993 - 01.11.1993 14d 00h 12m 
5  STS-79 Atlantis / Mir-22 / STS-81 Atlantis  MS  16.09.1996 - 22.01.1997 128d 05h 28m 
Total 161d 02h 45m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  STS-76  MSP

Additional information

Bachelor of science in engineering science, from USAF Academy, 1965; master of science in astronautical engineering from Purdue University, 1966; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; he flew 361 combat missions in Vietnam; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 8; he enjoys exercise and tennis in his free time; Blaha retired from NASA on 26.09.1997 to serve as Assistant Vice President, Integration Engineering at USAA Corp., San Antonio, Texas.

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