Former Astronaut Charles F. Bolden to Return to NASA

Press Release From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2002

Former astronaut and Marine Corps Major General Charles F. Bolden will return to NASA as Deputy Administrator, pending legislative approval of his nomination.

NASA Administrator Sean OíKeefe yesterday announced the Presidentís intention to nominate Bolden as Deputy Administrator. Bolden, a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights, was selected as an astronaut in 1980, and enjoyed a 14-year career with NASA before returning to the Marine Corps in 1994.

"We are looking forward to working with Charlie Bolden once again," said Johnson Space Center Deputy Director Randy Stone. "Many JSC employees had the pleasure of working with Charlie both during his career as an astronaut, and as Assistant Deputy Administrator for the agency. His leadership skills and experience in human spaceflight operations are a valuable asset and we look forward to welcoming him back to NASA soon."

Bolden flew as pilot on STS-61C in 1986 and STS-31 in 1990. He commanded two Space Shuttle flights, STS-45 in 1992, and STS-60 in 1994. Over the course of his four spaceflights, he logged more 680 hours in orbit, assisted in deploying the Hubble Space Telescope, and commanded the first mission that included a Russian cosmonaut.

For additional information on Major General Boldenís NASA career, or any NASA astronaut, visit the Astronaut Biography website at

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