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William E. Thornton
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Thornton in 1981
Born
William Edgar Thornton

(1929-04-14)April 14, 1929
Died January 11, 2021(2021-01-11) (aged 91)
Nationality American
Alma mater University of North Carolina, B.S. 1952, M.D. 1963
Occupation Medical Doctor
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Time in space
13d 01h 16m
Selection 1967 NASA Group 6
Missions STS-8, STS-51-B
Mission insignia
STS-8 patch.pngSts-51-b-patch.png
Retirement May 31, 1994

William Edgar Thornton (M.D.) (April 14, 1929 – January 11, 2021) was an American NASA astronaut. He was born in Faison, North Carolina. Thornton was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions. A veteran of two space flights, Thornton spent over 313 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-8 in 1983, and STS-51B in 1985.

Thornton died on January 11, 2021 in Boerne, Texas at the age of 91.

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