|Vance DeVoe Brand
Command Module Pilot on the Apollo-Soyuz
mission and Commander of the first operational
space shuttle flight
Born May 9, 1931, in
Married To Beverly Ann
Children two daughters, four sons
Longmont (Colorado) High School
Bachelor of Science in Business University
of Colorado (1953)
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical
Engineering University of Colorado (1960)
Master's in Business Administration UCLA
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 civilian).
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 Project mission.
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 mission.
Apollo splashed down in the Pacific Ocean near
Hawaii on July 25. Mission duration was 2l7
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 4-man crew.
His crew comprised Colonel Robert Overmyer,
pilot, and two mission specialists, Dr. Joseph
Allen and Dr. William Lenoir.
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 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.
This mission marked the first flight checkout of
the Manned Maneuvering Unit and the Manipulator
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
A night landing was made at Edwards Air Force
Base on December 10, 1990. Mission duration was
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
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
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Awards and Honors
JSC Certificate of Commendation (1970)
NASA Exceptional Service Medals (1974 & 1988)
NASA Distinguished Service Medals (1975 &
Zeta Beta Tau's Richard Gottheil Medal (1975)
Wright Brothers International Manned Space Flight
VFW National Space Award (1976 & 1984)
Sigma Nu Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award
Federation Aeronautique Internationale Yuri
Gagarin Gold Medal (1976)
University of Colorado Alumnus of the Century
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
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
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from University
of Colorado (2000)
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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