Space: America's Five Highflyers

Frederick H. Hauck, 47, mission commander. If any one man typifies the "right stuff" aboard Discovery, it is Hauck. "Rick's the ultimate straight shooter," says crew member Pinky Nelson. "He's the ideal commander." Hauck has flown on two previous shuttle missions. One, which he commanded, was the 1984 Discovery mission to retrieve two wayward satellites. He has not lost a sense of wonder about the shuttle: "It's kind of mystical being out there on the launchpad listening to the sounds. It seems like a breathing, alive machine." A graduate of Tufts University and a Navy combat pilot in Southeast Asia, Hauck...

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