Truly, Richard H.

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Truly, Richard H. Gender: M
Richard Harrison Truly
born on 12 November 1937 at 00:15 (= 12:15 AM )
Place Fayette, Mississippi, 31n43, 91w04
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 19°27' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 29°32 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 28°57'


American Vice Admiral; the eighth administrator of NASA, a position he held from 7/01/1989 to 2/12/1992. Truly was the first astronaut to head the space agency.

After earning his degree in aeronautical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Truly started his career as an ensign in the Navy in 1959. From 1963-65, he studied, and later worked as an instructor, at the U.S. Air Force Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He was one of the initial group of astronauts selected for the USAF manned orbiting laboratory program in 1965, and in 1969, he was selected by NASA for their program. During his first space flight, from 11/12-14/1981, he piloted the space shuttle Columbia. He later commanded the Challenger on its flight of 8/30/1983. As Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight, Truly led the rebuilding of the Space Shuttle Program after the Challenger disaster.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has been honored with a number of awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Award and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from the Navy on 6/30/1989. After leaving NASA, Truly returned to his alma mater where he used his outstanding managerial abilities as Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute until 1997.

Truly is married with three children.

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  • Work : New Career 1959 (Ensign in the Navy)
  • Work : New Career 1965 (USAF orbiting laboratory program)
  • Work : Gain social status 12 November 1981 (First space flight)
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  • Work : New Job 30 August 1983 (Commanded the Challenger)
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  • Work : New Job 1 July 1989 (Vice Admiral, NASA program)
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  • Work : Retired 1997 (Retired from Director of GA Tech Instititute)

Source Notes

Lynne Koiner quotes data from him by mail. Previously, Michigan was wrongly listed in adb as the state of birth, instead of Mississippi.


  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Director at GA Tech)
  • Vocation : Military : Military career (U.S. Navy, vice admiral)
  • Vocation : Travel : Astronaut
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous)