|Vance DeVoe Brand
Command Module Pilot on the Apollo-Soyuz mission
and Commander of the first operational space shuttle
Born May 9, 1931, in Longmont,
Married To Beverly Ann Whitnel
Children two daughters, four sons
Longmont (Colorado) High School
Bachelor of Science in Business University of
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
University of Colorado (1960)
Master's in Business Administration UCLA (1964)
Commissioned officer and naval aviator with the U.S.
Marine Corps, 1953-1957.
Military assignments included a 15-month tour in
Japan as a jet fighter pilot.
Following release from active duty, Brand continued in
Marine Corps Reserve and Air National Guard jet fighter
squadrons until 1964.
Flight test engineer for Lockheed Aircraft
Selected as a pilot astronaut in April 1966 (while a
Crew member in the thermal vacuum chamber testing of
the prototype Command Module.
Support crewman on Apollo 8 and 13.
Backup Command Module pilot for Apollo 15.
Backup Commander for Skylabs 3 and 4.
Launched on his first space flight on July 15, 1975,
as Apollo Command Module pilot on the Apollo-Soyuz Test
This was the first ever meeting in space of American
astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts.
Other crewmen on this 9-day mission were: astronauts
Thomas Stafford and Donald Slayton; cosmonauts Alexey
Leonov and Valeriy Kubasov.
Six records for docked and group flight were set on the
Apollo splashed down in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii on
July 25. Mission duration was 2l7 hours.
Commander of Columbia for STS-5, which launched on
November 11, 1982.
The first fully operational flight of the Shuttle
Transportation System, and the first NASA mission with a
His crew comprised Colonel Robert Overmyer, pilot,
and two mission specialists, Dr. Joseph Allen and Dr.
Successfully deployed two commercial communications
satellites -- for Satellite Business Systems Corporation
and TELESAT -- from the Orbiter's payload bay.
Two records for mass to altitude were set on the
The crew concluded the 5-day orbital flight of
Columbia by landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California
on November 16, 1982. Mission duration was 122 hours.
Commander of Challenger for STS 41-B, which launched
on February 3, 1984.
His crew included Commander Robert Gibson, pilot, and
3 mission specialists, Captain Bruce McCandless, II, Dr.
Ronald McNair, and Lt. Col. Robert Stewart.
This mission marked the first flight checkout of the
Manned Maneuvering Unit and the Manipulator Foot
The 8-day flight ended with the first Shuttle landing at
the Kennedy Space Center on February 11, 1984. Mission
duration was 191 hours.
Commander of Columbia for STS 35, which launched on
the night of December 2, 1990.
Crewmen included the pilot, Colonel Guy Gardner;
three mission specialists, Mike Lounge, Dr. Robert
Parker, and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman; and two payload
specialists, Dr. Samuel Durrance and Dr. Ronald Parise.
The first shuttle flight dedicated to astronomy.
A night landing was made at Edwards Air Force Base on
December 10, 1990. Mission duration was 215 hours.
Logged over 746 hours, more than 31 days and two
hours, in space during his four missions.
Became Chief of Plans at the National Aerospace Plane
Joint Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Dayton, Ohio, in 1992.
Moved to California in 1994 to become Assistant Chief of
Flight Operations at the Dryden Flight Research Center,
then Acting Chief Engineer, Deputy Director for Aerospace
Projects and finally Acting Associate Center Director for
Retired from NASA in January 2008.
American Astronautical Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Awards and Honors
JSC Certificate of Commendation (1970)
NASA Exceptional Service Medals (1974 & 1988)
NASA Distinguished Service Medals (1975 & 1992)
Zeta Beta Tau's Richard Gottheil Medal (1975)
Wright Brothers International Manned Space Flight Award
VFW National Space Award (1976 & 1984)
Sigma Nu Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award (1976)
Federation Aeronautique Internationale Yuri Gagarin Gold
University of Colorado Alumnus of the Century (1976)
AIAA Special Presidential Citation (1977)
American Astronautical Society's Flight Achievement Award
for 1976 (1977)
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award (1978)
JSC Special Achievement Award (1978)
FAI De La Vaulx Medal (1983)
NASA Space Flight Medals (1983, 1984, 1992)
Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at University of Colorado
De Molay Hall of Honor (1989)
FAI Komarov Awards (1983 & 1991)
University of Colorado George Norlin Award (1991)
Harmon Trophy (Astronaut) (1993)
De Molay Legion of Honor (1993)
International Space Hall of Fame (1996)
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame (1997)
Meritorious Executive, U.S. Senior Executive Service
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from University of
International Aerospace Hall of Fame (2001)
Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame (2005)
Russian Republic Tsiolkovski Award (2005)
ASE Crystal Helmet Award (2005)
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