Michael Lloyd Coats

(b. 1946)

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(1946– )

US astronaut. His three space shuttle missions include piloting the first flight of Discovery in August 1984 and commanding the shuttle's March 1989 mission to deploy a Tracking and Data-Relay Satellite. Coats was selected as an astronaut in 1978, and was the acting chief of NASA's Astronaut Office May 1989–March 1990. He left NASA in 1991.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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