Richard H. Truly U.S. Space Program Collection

Chronology

Richard H. Truly Chronology

Nov. 12, 1937 -               Born in Fayette, Mississippi

June 13, 1959 -              Graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering), commissioned Ensign in U.S. Navy

1960 -                              After flight school became Naval Aviator –assigned to Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) aboard USS Intrepid and USS Enterprise,

                                          made over 300 Carrier landings

1963 - 1965 -                  Student and instructor at USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School, Edwards AFB

Nov. 12, 1965 -               One of first military astronauts selected for USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program

1969 -                               Transferred to NASA as astronaut after MOL cancelled

1977 -                               Pilot for Space Shuttle Enterprise approach and landing tests (ALT)

Nov. 12-14, 1981 -          Pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-2)

Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 1983 -  Commander of Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-8)

1983 - 1986 -                  Commander of Naval Space Command

Jan. 28, 1986 -                Challenger accident

Feb. 20, 1986 -                Returned to NASA as Associate Administrator for Space Flight, led Challenger accident investigation and return to flight

Sept. 29, 1988 -               Space Shuttle Discovery returns to flight (STS-26)

July 1, 1989 -                   Sworn in as Administrator of NASA

Feb. 1992 -                      Announced resignation as Administrator of NASA effective April 1, 1992

1992 - 1997 -                   Vice President of Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

1997 - 2005 -                   Director of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado

Jan. 2005 -                      Retired