Charlie Bolden is an American astronaut who was born on August 19, 1946 in South
Carolina. Before he became an astronaut, Bolden was a pilot for the Marines.
He has flown over 5000 hours on several different airplanes.
Bolden became an astronaut in 1980. He has made three spaceflights and spent
over 479 hours in space.
In 1986, Bolden piloted Shuttle mission 61-C, in which astrophysics tests were
In 1990, Bolden flew aboard shuttle Discovery. In this mission he helped deploy
the Hubble Space Telescope. In 1992, Bolden helped study the Earth's atmosphere
in a Spacelab mission.
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