Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

Created By The Mercury 7 Astronauts

Charles Bolden


Charles “Charlie” Bolden has flown on four Space Shuttle missions, logging 680 hours in space. During his first mission in 1986, on STS-61C, the crew deployed a SATCOM satellite and conducted experiments in astrophysics and materials processing aboard the Shuttle Columbia. He piloted STS-31 in 1990 to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope and conduct a variety of mid-deck experiments. The crew used a variety of cameras including IMAX for Earth observations from their record-setting Shuttle altitude of 400 nautical miles. On STS-45 aboard Atlantis, Bolden commanded a crew which included a European Space Agency payload specialist for the first Spacelab mission dedicated to NASA’s Mission to Planet Earth. Bolden also commanded the historic first joint United States/Russian Space Shuttle mission, STS-60, in 1994. The flight involved the participation of a Russian cosmonaut as a mission specialist. Bolden left NASA to return to the operating forces of the U.S. Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant at the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to retiring from the Marine Corps, General Bolden commanded the Third Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered at MCAS Miramar in San Diego, CA. He currently serves as NASA Administrator.

Charlie Bolden was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 6, 2006.

Bolden retired as NASA Administrator on Jan. 20, 2017