Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Slayton

Donald Kent "Deke"

USA

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Personal data

Birthdate:  01.03.1924
Birthplace:  Sparta / Wisconsin
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  02.04.1959
Selection group:  NASA-1
Position:  DMP
Status:  Ret. 27.02.1982
Date of death:  12.06.1993
Place of death:  League City / Texas

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  ASTP  DMP  15.07. - 24.07.1975 9d 01h 28m 
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Total  9d 01h 28m 
           

Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from University of Minnesota, 1949; two honorary doctorate degrees; Major, USAF Reserve; 56 combat missions over Europe und 7 combat mission over Japan during World War II; was assigned for a Mercury flight, but grounded by NASA from 1963-1969, because of heart problems; later Vice Chairman of the Board and President, Space Services, Inc., Houston; hobbies: Hunting, fishing, skiing; died from complications of a brain tumor.

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