Vance Brand is an American astronaut who was born on May 9, 1931 in Colorado.
Before he became an astronaut, Brand was a pilot for the Marines and Lockheed
Brand became an astronaut in 1966. He has made four spaceflights spending over
746 hours in space.
In 1975, Brand was part of the first international mission, the Apollo-Soyuz
Test Project. Soviet and American astronauts met in space after an Apollo craft
docked with a Soyuz craft.
In 1982, Brand was the commander of the first operational flight of the Space
Shuttle. In 1984, Brand commanded Mission 41-B in which two satellites were
deployed. Brand's last flight into space occurred in 1990. During this
mission, the crew operated several telescopes for deep-space research.
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