Deke Slayton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Deke Slayton


Date of Birth: 01-Mar-1924

Place of Birth: Sparta, Wisconsin, United States

Date of Death: 13-Jun-1993

Profession: astronaut, military officer, aircraft pilot, aerospace engineer, autobiographer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Deke Slayton

  • Donald Kent "Deke" Slayton (March 1, 1924 – June 13, 1993) was an American World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, and test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and became NASA's first Chief of the Astronaut Office and Director of Flight Crew Operations, and was responsible for NASA crew assignments. Slayton joined the U.S.
  • Army Air Corps during World War II, and flew in Europe and the Pacific.
  • He left the Army after World War II, and later joined the Minnesota Air National Guard after working for Boeing as an aeronautical engineer.
  • He joined the United States Air Force, and attended the Air Force Test Pilot School in 1955.
  • In 1959, he applied to, and was selected as one of the Mercury Seven.
  • He was scheduled to pilot the second U.S.
  • crewed orbital spaceflight, but was grounded in 1962 by atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm.
  • In March 1972, he was medically cleared to fly and was the docking module pilot of the 1975 Apollo–Soyuz Test Project (ASTP).
  • He continued to work at NASA until 1982, and helped develop the Space Shuttle.
  • He died from a brain tumor on June 13, 1993, aged 69.

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