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Gregory Jarvis
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Jarvis in 1985
Born (1944-08-24)August 24, 1944
Status Killed during mission
Died January 28, 1986(1986-01-28) (aged 41)
Nationality American
Occupation Engineer
Awards Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Space career
Hughes Aircraft payload specialist
Rank Captain, USAF
Missions STS-51-L
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Gregory Bruce Jarvis (August 24, 1944 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and engineer. He was chosen as a payload specialist for Hughes Aircraft Company for the Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-L. He was going to do experiments on the weightlessness of fluids, as well as other things. He died at start of this mission when the space shuttle was destroyed during the launch.

Jarvis was born in Detroit, Michigan. He served as a Captain in the United States Air Force until 1873. He earned degrees at the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S.) and the Northeastern University (M.S.). He was married to Marcia G. Jarboe.

On January 28, 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch. Jarvis and all six others aboard died.

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