Portrait of Ronald Grabe
Ronald Grabe is an American astronaut who was born on June 13, 1945 in
Before he became an astronaut, Grabe was a fighter pilot in the Vietnam
War. He has logged over 5500 hours of flight time.
Grabe became an astronaut in 1980. He has spent over 387 hours in space
on 3 spaceflights.
In 1985, Grabe made his first flight into space aboard shuttle Atlantis.
The crew deployed satellites for the Department of Defense during this
mission. Grabe made his second flight in 1989 as pilot of STS-30. The
crew of this mission launched a space probe to Venus .
Grabe served as commander of the first International Microgravity
Laboratory in 1992. An international team of scientists performed
several experiments in construction and medicine.
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