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NASA-8 astronaut group, 1978
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NASA Group 8 - 1978
NASA Group 8 - 1978
Credit: www.spacefacts.de
Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Recruit women and minorities to introduce diversity into the astronaut corps. Nickname: TFNG - Thirty-Five New Guys, also an obscene military phrase.

AKA: TFNG. Date: 1978.


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Fabian American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1985.

Scobee American test pilot astronaut 1978-1986. Died in Challenger accident.

Griggs American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1978-1989. Died in the crash of a World-War-II-era training plane.

Gregory American test pilot astronaut 1978-1993. Flew 550 combat missions in Vietnam. USAF helicopter pilot who would fly his T-38 trainer at alarmingly low altitude during cross-country trips. Paradoxically later appointed NASA Administrator for Safety.

Hauck American test pilot astronaut 1978-1989. Flew 114 combat missions in Vietnam.

Williams, Donald American test pilot astronaut 1978-1990.

Bluford American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1993. First African-American in space. Flew 144 combat missions in Vietnam.

Lucid American biochemist mission specialist astronaut 1978-2012. Biochemist, first American woman to make a long-duration space station mission.

Brandenstein American test pilot astronaut 1978-1992. Flew 192 combat missions in Vietnam.

Creighton American test pilot astronaut 1978-1992. Grew up in Seattle, Washington. Flew 175 combat missions in Vietnam. Bachelor navy fighter pilot with a midnight blue corvette and a ski boat dubbed Sin Ship.

Thagard American physician mission specialist astronaut 1978-1996. First American to fly aboard a Russian spacecraft. Grew up in Jacksonville, Florida.

McBride American test pilot astronaut 1978-1989. Heavyset Navy pilot with a talent for playing to a crowd. Flew 64 combat missions in Vietnam. Later ran in, but lost, the Republican primary for governor of West Virginia.

Walker, Dave American test pilot astronaut 1978-1996. Navy nickname Red Flash, a confident pilot.

van Hoften American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986. Grew up in Burlingame, California.

Shriver American test pilot astronaut 1978-1993. Grew up in Paton, Iowa.

Hoffman American astrophysicist mission specialist astronaut 1978-1997.

Shaw American test pilot astronaut 1978-1989.

Buchli American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1978-1992. Grew up in Fargo, North Dakota.

Mullane American test engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1990. Author of the frankest astronaut biography ever published. Flew 150 combat missions in Vietnam.

Coats American test pilot astronaut 1978-1991. Flew 315 combat missions in Vietnam.

Onizuka American test engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986. Died in Challenger accident.

Covey American test pilot astronaut 1978-1994. Grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, son of an Air Force officer. Flew 339 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia

Hart American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1984.

Nagel American test pilot astronaut 1978-1995. Was married to astronaut Linda Godwin.

Gibson American test pilot astronaut 1978-1996. Flew combat missions over Vietnam. Was married to astronaut Rhea Seddon.

Seddon American physician mission specialist astronaut 1978-1998. Physician. Was married to astronaut Robert Lee (Hoot) Gibson.

Gardner American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986.

Resnik American engineer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986. Engineer. Died in Challenger accident.

Fisher American physician mission specialist astronaut 1980-1991. First mother in space. Was married to astronaut William Fisher. Took extended leave 1989 to 1996 to raise family.

Nelson American astronomer mission specialist astronaut 1978-1989.

McNair American physicist mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986. The first American black astronaut to fly in space. Died in Challenger accident.

Ride American physicist mission specialist astronaut 1978-1987. Physicist, first American woman in space. Was married to astronaut Steven Alan Hawley.

Sullivan American geologist mission specialist astronaut 1978-1993. Geologist, first American woman to walk in space. As of 1999 Ms Sullivan was Director of the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

Hawley American astronomer mission specialist astronaut 1978-2008. Was married to astronaut Sally Ride.

Stewart American test pilot mission specialist astronaut 1978-1986.

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