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“An Interview with Story Musgrave,” Interview by Christopher Gainor
Published in Quest Volume: 28 #3 (2021)


Story Musgrave’s 30 years as a NASA astronaut count as arguably the most remarkable career for an astronaut who flew exclusively in the Shuttle era. This interview, conducted on 25 October 2016, at Musgrave’s home in the suburbs of Orlando in Kissimmee, Florida, focuses on Musgrave’s fifth and most famous mission, the flight of Endeavour in December 1993 otherwise known as Servicing Mission One for the Hubble Space Telescope.

Musgrave was the payload commander and the best-known member of the STS-61 crew, and for much of the 1990s he was the most prominent member of NASA’s astronaut corps. To do justice to his career, a much longer interview than what is reproduced here would be necessary. He was the second astronaut, after John Young, (whose oral history interview appeared in Quest 28:1) to make six flights into space, and he was the only astronaut to fly aboard all five Shuttle orbiters.


Musgrave, Story. “An Interview with Story Musgrave.” Interview with Christopher Gainor. Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly 28, no. 3 (2020): 43-60.

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  • Archive ID # G301217
  • Format: Document (PDF)
  • Author/Creator:
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Publisher: Quest
  • Copyright Status: Copyrighted
  • Copyright Holder: SPACE 3.0
  • Language: English
  • Number of Pages: 8
  • Type: Oral History/Interview
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  • Collection: Quest
  • Availability: Digital Download

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