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Farewell to Astronaut and Auburn Alumus Henry "Hank" Hartsfield

AU graduate Hank Hartsfield ’54 has died at the age of 80 on July 17.

In 1984, Hank Hartsfield commanded the maiden mission of the space shuttle Discovery. Hartsfield's death came as a result of complications from back surgery he had several months ago, according to his fellow astronaut and STS-41D crewmember Mike Mullane. "Obviously, I have many, many memories of my time with Hank," Mullane wrote online on Thursday. "He was a great commander and pilot and I'll always feel honored to have been a member of his crew."

Hartsfield was a recipient of the Auburn Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, a proud member of Delta Chi fraternity, and one of Auburn’s most famed astronauts. He was a life member of the Auburn Alumni Association and served on the College of Sciences and Mathematics Advisory Council. Auburn has lost a great member of the Auburn family.


Thanks to Kate Asbury Larkin for sharing this news.

Related links:  Auburn Astronaut Alumni | COSAM Distinguished Alumnus | Visit the AU Library Archives to learn more.

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