The NASA astronauts who took part in the 21st NASA Space Shuttle mission are shown in their uniforms smiling and gazing into the camera in this color photograph, signed in black felt tip

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ATLANTIS 51-J: DAVID C. HILMERS, ROBERT LEE STEWART, KAROL JOSEPH "BO"BOBKO, WILLIAM ARTHUR PAILES and RONALD JOHN GRABE The NASA astronauts who took part in the 21st NASA Space Shuttle mission are shown in their uniforms smiling and gazing into the camera in this color photograph, signed in black felt tip Printed Photograph Signed in Ink: "Dave Hilmers", "Bob Stewart", "Karol 'Bo' Bobko", "Bill Pailes" and "Ron Grabe". Color, 10x8. Official NASA color photo. DAVID C. HILMERS (b.1950) was born in Clinton, Iowa but considers DeWitt, Iowa to be his hometown. David was a Marine Corps bombardier/navigator and air liaison officer before being selected for the astronaut program in 1980. He logged 493 hours in space as a mission specialist on four space shuttle flights between 1985 and 1992, two aboard Atlantis and two aboard Discovery. Retired from NASA since 1992, he joined the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine. He has two grown sons and his recreational interests include playing the piano, electronics, gardening, spending time with his family and all types of sports. ROBERT L. "BOB" STEWART (b.1942) is a retired Brigadier General of the United States and a former NASA astronaut who has military and civilian experience in 38 different types of airplanes and helicopters and spent around 6,000 hours total flight time and 289 hours in space; he was the first active duty U.S. Army soldier to make a spaceflight. Upon accepting the promotion to Brigadier General he was reassigned from NASA to be the Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command in Huntsville, Alabama. In this capacity, he managed research efforts in developing ballistic missile defense technology. In 1989 Stewart was reassigned as Director of Plans, United States Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado. He retired from the Army in 1992 and resides in Woodland Park, Colorado. He currently works as Director of Advanced Programs at Nichols Research Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado. KAROL JOSEPH "BO" BOBKO (b.1937) is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot and a former USAF and NASA astronaut. Karol is a veteran of three space flights, logging a total of 386 hours in space. After retiring from NASA and the Air Force he joined the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton in Houston, Texas. In 2000 Bobko joined SPACEHAB, Inc. in Houston, Texas where he was Vice President for Strategic programs. He led an organization which develops concepts, processes and hardware for future spaceflight applications. In 2005 Bobko joined the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as Program Manager for the NASA Ames Research Center Simulation Laboratories contract. Colonel WILLIAM ARTHUR PAILES (b.1952) is a former USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program during the mid-1980s. William served as a Payload Specialist on STS-51-J Atlantis. From August 2002 to 2011 he was the instructor of the AFJROTC Program, Corsicana, Texas, as a JROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor; and from August 2011 to present Pailes has been the instructor of the AFJROTC Program, Temple, Texas as a JROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. He flew as a payload specialist on STS-51-J Atlantis which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. STS-51-J was the second Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission; it was also the maiden voyage of the Atlantis orbiter. Pailes traveled over 1.6 million miles in 64 Earth orbits and logged more than 97 hours in space. Colonel RONALD JOHN GRABE (b.1945) is a former NASA astronaut who has earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Liethen-Tittle Award, the Royal Air Force Cross, the NASA Exceptional Service medal and NASA Space Flight Medals. He logged 26 days, 3 hours and 38 minutes in space. The October 3-7, 1985 mission was dedicated to the Department of Defense. What was accomplished on the Atlantis 51-J mission was not made public. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.


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