Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Steven Ray


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Personal data

Birthdate:  27.10.1946
Birthplace:  Canton, Illinois
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  16.01.1978
Selection group:  NASA-8
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 28.02.1995
Day of death:  21.08.2014
Place of death:  Columbia, Missouri


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-51G Discovery  MS  17.06. - 24.06.1985 7d 01h 38m 
2  STS-61A Challenger  PLT  30.10. - 06.11.1985 7d 00h 44m 
3  STS-37 Atlantis  CDR  05.04. - 11.04.1991 5d 23h 32m 
4  STS-55 Columbia  CDR  26.04. - 06.05.1993 9d 23h 40m 
Total  30d 01h 34m 

Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois, 1969; master of science in mechanical engineering from California State University-Fresno, 1978; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; test pilot; later instructor pilot at JSC; in a second marriage married to astronaut Linda Godwin; hobbies: Sport flying, amateur radio, music; until August 2011 NASA Research Pilot, JSC. After retiring from NASA on May 31, 2011, Nagel joined the University Of Missouri College of Engineering in Columbia, Missouri, where he served as an instructor in the University’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. He died of cancer.


Last update on September 24, 2020.