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Birmingham native astronaut Hank Hartsfield laid to rest

Henry Warren Hartsfield, Jr. Henry Warren Hartsfield, Jr.

A former NASA astronaut from Alabama was laid to rest on Saturday in Texas.

Henry Warren Hartsfield, Jr. died on July 17. He served as commander of space shuttle Discovery's maiden mission in 1984, flying on three space shuttle missions.

Hartsfield was born was born in Birmingham on November 21, 1933.  He attended Auburn University in 1954 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. Hartsfield later did graduate work in physics and astronautics at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Duke University.

In 1971, he received his Master of Science degree in engineering science from the University of Tennessee.

Hartsfield served as the deputy chief of the astronaut office and the deputy director of flight crew operations at Johnson Space Center  in Houston before holding management positions at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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