Former Astronaut, Steve Nagel, Dead at 67 After Long Fight with Cancer

Steve Nagel, an accomplished astronaut and Air Force veteran who flew on four space shuttle missions, has died Thursday at age 67 after a long battle with cancer. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)
Steve Nagel, an accomplished astronaut and Air Force veteran who flew on four space shuttle missions, has died Thursday at age 67 after a long battle with cancer. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP)

Steve Nagel, an accomplished astronaut and Air Force veteran who flew on four space shuttle missions, has died after a long battle with cancer.

He was 67.

Nagel died Thursday evening of complications related to an aggressive form of melanoma, according to Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune.

The aviation enthusiast logged more than 13,000 hours in the sky and in space — but he always remained grounded, his loved ones said.

“There’s a lot of big egos around there at NASA, and he was always very grounded in how he treated everybody,” his wife, former NASA astronaut Linda Godwin, told the Daily Tribune.

Nagel’s love of flying started early.

Before he ever got his driver’s license, the Illinois-born airman, flew a solo flight in a small plane.

He went on to serve in the Air Force as a flight instructor and test pilot, starting in the 1970s.

He joined NASA in 1979 and flew his first mission in 1985, according to NASA.

On his next mission, in October 1985, he orbited the Earth 111 times in a week.

In his final two space missions, Nagel served as mission commander.

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SOURCE: NY Daily News
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