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Steven R. Nagel
NASA Astronaut
Other names Steven Ray Nagel
Nationality American
Born (1946-10-27)October 27, 1946
Canton, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 21, 2014(2014-08-21) (aged 67)
Columbia, Missouri, U.S.
Other occupation Test pilot, fighter pilot
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, USAF
Time in space 30d 01h 34m
Selection 1978 NASA Group 8
Missions STS-51-G, STS-61-A, STS-37, STS-55
Mission insignia Sts-51-g-patch.png STS-61-a-patch.png Sts-37-patch.png Sts-55-patch.png
Retirement February 28, 1995
Awards Dfc-usa.jpg

Steven Ray Nagel (October 27, 1946 – August 21, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut, aeronautical and mechanical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. In total, he logged 723 hours in space. After NASA, he worked at the University of Missouri College of Engineering as an instructor in its Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department.

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Nagel was born on October 27, 1946, in Canton, Illinois, to parents Ivan R. Nagel (1912–2008) and Helene M. Nagel (née Quade; 1914–2004). He had one sibling, sister Janice, who predeceased him. He was married to fellow astronaut Linda M. Godwin of Jackson, Missouri. They had two daughters. His hobbies included sport flying, amateur radio operations and music. His wife's father, Mr. James M. Godwin, resides in Oak Ridge, Missouri.

Nagel retired from the Air Force, effective February 28, 1995 and as an astronaut one month later.

Nagel died on August 21, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

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