Dr. Story Musgrave, a NASA astronaut…

Dr. Story Musgrave, a NASA astronaut, made history on STS-80 by not getting into his seat before re-entry. He instead stood up on the flight deck “surfing” the Space Shuttle while it decelerated from 17,000mph to 0mph. He is the only person to have seen re-entry plasma with his bare eyes.

The guy is absolutely nuts:

– Dropped out of high school
– Received a B.S. in mathematics and statistics from Syracuse University in 1958. He went on to receive an M.B.A. in operations analysis and computer programming from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1959, a B.A. in chemistry from Marietta College in 1960, an M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1964, an M.S. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Kentucky in 1966, and a M.A. in literature from the University of Houston–Clear Lake in 1987
– Became the first-ever “rocket surgeon” as he repaired the Hubble Space Telescope during EVA while holding an actual medical degree
– Flew 17,700 hours in 160 different types of civilian and military aircraft, including all five Space Shuttles, the only person to have done so
– Made more than 800 free falls
– Has written or been listed as a co-author of twenty five scientific papers in the areas of aerospace medicine and physiology, temperature regulation, exercise physiology, and clinical surgery
– Spent a total of 1,281 hours, 59 minutes, 22 seconds on space missions, including nearly 27 hours of EVA
– He performed the “surfing” stunt at age 61, experiencing up to 2Gs of force after having been weightless for eighteen days, with no cooling system connected to his suit despite the 1500 C (2700 F) temperatures outside, and he recorded it all

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