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Deke Slayton
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    (March 1, 1924-June 13, 1993)
    Birth name is Donald Kent Slayton
    Mercury Seven astronaut
    Head of Astronaut selection at NASA (1963-1975)
    Docking pilot of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (July 15, 1975-July 21, 1975)
    Head of Shuttle Approach & Landing Test Program for NASA (1975-1982)
    President and founder of Space Services Inc (1982-1993)
    Co-author of 'Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon' with Alan Shepard
    As head of astronaut selection, he tended to keep his friends on the flight roster.
    He selected himself as docking module pilot for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project over fitter candidates.
    He was known by his nickname.
    He lost his left ring finger in a childhood farm accident.
    He flew 56 combat missions over Europe during World War II.
    He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.
    He was scheduled to go up on the Mercury mission Delta 7, but was grounded due to an erratic heart beat.
    He was the only Mercury astronaut not to fly a Mercury mission.
    He died of a malignant brain tumor.

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