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Geezers in Space!


The first private citizen in space was also the oldest pilot... coincidence?

Mike Melvill became the oldest person to pilot a craft into outer space on 21 June 2004. John Glenn will likely remain the oldest person go into space by virtue of his publicity flight as a medical specimen on STS-95. The only other space pilot among the ten geezers to have flown in space was Vance Brand, commander of STS-35:

John Herschel Glenn Jr, born 1921-07-18, flew at age 77 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-95, launched on 1998-10-29
Michael W Melvill, born in 1941, flew at age 63 as Pilot of SpaceShipOne Flight 15P, launched on 2004-06-21
Dr Franklin Story Musgrave, born 1935-08-19, flew at age 61 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-80, launched on 1996-11-19
Dennis Tito, born 1940-08-08, flew at age 60 as a tourist on mission ISS EP-1, launched 2001-04-28
Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chretien, born 1938-08-20, flew at age 59 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-86, launched 1997-09-26
Vance DeVoe Brand, born 1931-05-09, flew at age 59 as Pilot of STS-35, launched on 1990-12-02
Valeri Viktorovich Ryumin, born 1939-08-16, flew at age 58 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-91, launched on 1998-06-02
Dr Karl Gordon Henize, born 1926-10-17, flew at age 58 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-51-F, launched 1985-07-29
Dr Roger Keith Crouch, born 1940-09-12, flew at age 56 as a Payload Specialist aboard STS-94, launched 1997-07-01
Dr William Edgar (Bill) Thornton (Bill), born 1929-04-14, flew at age 56 as a Mission Specialist aboard STS-51-B, launched 1985-04-29

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