Richard Truly "was an American astronaut who was born on November 12, 1937, in Mississippi. Before he became an astronaut, Truly was an Air Force pilot. He has logged over 7000 hours of flight time on several different aircraft.
"Truly became an astronaut in 1969. He has spent over 200 hours in space on two spaceflights.
"In 1981, Truly served as the pilot of STS-2. This was the first re-flight of the newly designed space shuttle. The mission proved that the shuttle was a reusable spacecraft. In 1983, Truly commanded STS-8. This was the first nighttime Shuttle launch and landing.
"From 1986 to 1992, Truly served as the head of the Space Shuttle program."