The crew is the orbital extension of the Astro team and helps ensure the maximum scientific return for the mission. The NASA astronauts provide a range of special knowledge, from the Shuttle and its systems to astronomy. Two crew members are not career astronauts but are astronomers chosen by the Astro-1 principal investigators. Known as payload specialists, they provide expertise on the instruments and key observations.
Shuttle Commander: Vance D. Brand Shuttle Pilot: Guy S. Gardner Mission Specialist 1: Jeffrey A. Hoffman Mission Specialist 2: John M. Lounge Mission Specialist 3: Robert A. Parker Payload Specialist 1: Samuel T. Durrance Payload Specialist 2: Ronald A. Parise Alternate Payload Specialist: Ken Nordsieck
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