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October 3, 1995

ASTRONAUT CHARLES LACY VEACH DIES Space Shuttle Astronaut Charles Lacy Veach, 51, died today following a lengthy illness. Veach was selected to be an astronaut with the class of 1984 and flew as a mission specialist on two Shuttle flights -- STS-39 in April/May 1991 and on STS-52 in October 1992. "Lacy Veach was an accomplished and beloved member of the NASA family," said NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "He was a skilled pilot and an enthusiastic explorer. We will miss him." On STS-39, an unclassified Department of Defense mission aboard Discovery, Veach participated in various experiments, including working with an ultraviolet astronomical camera, an X-ray telescope, and a liquid-helium-cooled infrared telescope which performed observations of the Earth's atmosphere and the Aurora Australis (Southern Lights). During STS-52, Veach and the crew deployed the Laser Geodynamics Satellite, a reflective spacecraft designed to measure movements of the Earth's crust. Veach also operated the Shuttle's robot arm to test the Space Vision System designed to improve perception of crew members while maneuvering payloads in space. Prior to becoming an astronaut, Veach was an engineer and research pilot at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, with primary duty as an instructor pilot in the Shuttle Training Aircraft. Veach also provided Astronaut Office support to the Space Station Program. A 1966 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Veach earned his pilot wings at Moody Air Force Base, GA, in 1967 and spent the next 14 years as an Air Force fighter pilot, flying the F-100, F-111 and the F-105, including a 275-mission combat tour in Southeast Asia. In 1976 and 1977, he was a member of the Thunderbirds, the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron. He remained active in the Texas Air National Guard based at Ellington Field in Houston, flying F-16s. During his service, Veach earned the Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.

Veach was born in Chicago, IL, in 1944, but considers Honolulu, HI, his hometown. He is survived by his wife and two children. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to domo@hq.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe pressrelease" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. Questions should be directed to (202) 358-4043.