March 1, 2014

Astronaut who led first NASA salvage mission in space has died

Dale A. Gardner, an astronaut who helped lead the first salvage operation in space, died Feb. 19 in Colorado Springs, Colo., at age 65. Gardner steered a jet-propelled backpack to corral two wayward satellites and brought them aboard the space shuttle Discovery, all while orbiting 224 miles above Earth.

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