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Vance Brand
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    (May 9, 1931- )
    Apollo command module pilot on the Apollo-Soyuz Project (July 15, 1975-July 25, 1975)
    Commander of the STS-5 space shuttle mission (November 11, 1985-November 16, 1985)
    Commander of the STS-41-B space shuttle mission (February 3, 1984-February 11, 1984)
    Commander of the STS-35 space shuttle mission (December 2, 1990-December 10, 1990)
    Retired NASA (1992)
    Chief of Plans at the National Aerospace Plane Center (1992-1994)
    Deputy Director for Aerospace Projects (1994- )
    He was knocked unconscious by a falling oxygen mask during take off of his Apollo craft during the Apollo-Soyuz project.
    His accident was seen as an embarrassment in front of the Russians.
    Two satellites on his STS-41-B mission failed to reach their proper orbit.
    NASA was forced to retrieve the satellites during a later shuttle mission costing valuable mission time and funding.
    He holds two bachelor of science degrees and a Masters degree.
    He has served his country as a jet fighter pilot with the Marine corp, the Marine corp reserves and the U.S Air National Air Guard.
    His chance to walk on the Moon was lost when Apollo 18 was cancelled due to budget cuts.
    He served as one of the CAPCOM which brought the Apollo 13 crew home safely.
    Both the Vance Brand Municipal Airport and the Vance Brand Civic Center in Colorado were named in his honor.

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