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John Oliver Creighton Status: Inactive. Trained as: Astronaut. Profession: Pilot. Sex: Male. Marital Status: Married. Birth Date: 28 April 1943. Birth City: Orange. Birth State: Texas. Birth Country: USA. Nationality: American. Group: 1978 NASA Group. Date Selected: 16 January 1978. Departed: 1992. Number of Flights: 3. Total Time: 16.85 days.

Official NASA Biography

NAME: John O. Creighton (Captain, USN)

NASA Astronaut

BIRTHPLACE AND DATE: Born April 28, 1943, in Orange, Texas, but considers Seattle, Washington, to be his hometown. His mother, Mrs. C. Alberta Creighton, resides in Seattle, Washington.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Brown hair; hazel eyes; 5 feet 10 inches; 160 pounds.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Ballard High School, Seattle, Washington, in 1961; received a bachelor of science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1966 and a master of science in Administration of Science and Technology from George Washington University in 1978.

MARITAL STATUS: Married to the former Terry Stanford of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her parents, Helen and Jim Stanford, reside in Stone Mountain, Arkansas.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: He enjoys skiing, tennis and boating.

ORGANIZATION: Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, 10 Air Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the NASA Leadership Medal, 3 United States Space Flight Medals, the French Legion of Honor and the Saudi Arabia King Fahd Medal.

EXPERIENCE: Creighton started flight training following graduation from Annapolis and received his wings in October 1967. He was with VF-154 from July 1968 to May 1970, flying F-4J's and made two combat deployments to Vietnam aboard the USS RANGER (CVA-61). From June 1970 to February 1971, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, and upon graduation was assigned as a project test pilot with the Service Test Division at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River. During this two year tour of duty, he served as the F-14 engine development project officer. In July 1973, Creighton commenced a four year assignment with VF-2 and became a member of the first F-14 operational squadron, completing two deployments aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) to the Western Pacific. He returned to the United States in July 1977, and was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center's Strike Directorate as operations officer and F-14 program manager. He has logged over 6,000 hours flying time, the majority of it in jet fighters, and has completed 500 carrier landings and 175 combat missions.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978, Creighton became an astronaut in August 1979. During the following four years he held a variety of technical assignments in support of the Space Shuttle Program.

Creighton was pilot of STS-51G which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 17, 1985. During the mission the crew deployed communications satellites for Mexico (Morelos), the Arab League (Arabsat), and the United States (AT&T Telstar). They used the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to deploy and later retrieve the SPARTAN satellite which performed 17 hours of x-ray astronomy experiments while separated from the Space Shuttle. In addition, the crew activated the Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF), six Getaway Specials, participated in biomedical experiments, and conducted a laser tracking experiment as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. After completing 112 earth orbits in 170 hours, STS-51G landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24, 1985.

Following his flight, Creighton became the astronaut representative to the Shuttle Program Manager. During the ensuing two years, Creighton participated in all the key decisions following the Challenger disaster helping to shape the plan for resuming safe manned space flight. Starting with STS-26, Creighton served as Lead "CAPCOM" for the first four Space Shuttle flights. In March 1989 he was assigned to command STS-36 but continued to serve as Head of the Mission Support Branch in the Astronaut Office until commencing full time for his upcoming flight.

Captain Creighton and his crew launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on February 28, 1990 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The STS-36 mission carried Department of Defense payloads and a number of secondary payloads. After 72 orbits of the earth in 106 hours, the STS-36 mission concluded with a lakebed landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on March 4, 1990, after traveling 1.87 million miles.

Following STS-36 Captain Creighton headed up the Operations Development Branch within the Astronaut Office for one year prior to resuming full-time training for his next command.

Captain Creighton commanded the crew of STS-48 aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on September 12, 1991. STS-48 was a five day mission during which the crew deployed the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) which is designed to provide scientists with their first complete data set on the upper atmosphere's chemistry, winds and energy inputs. The crew also conducted numerous secondary experiments ranging from growing protein crystals, to studying how fluids and structures react in weightlessness. Following 81 orbits in 128 hours the mission concluded on September 18, 1991 with a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

With the completion of his third mission, Creighton has logged a total of 403 hours in space.


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