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Chronology

The following chronology covers key events in Brown's life, as well as in the realm of space exploration history. Events involving Brown are shown in normal type while those of the latter are shown in bold type.

1956 April 16 Brown born in Arlington, Virginia
1957 October 4 Russia's successful launch of first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1
1958 January 31 Successful launch of first U.S. artificial satellite, Explorer 1
1961 April 12 Russia's successful launch of first human into space, Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1
1961 May 5 Successful launch of first U.S. astronaut into space, Alan Shepard aboard Mercury-Redstone 3 (Freedom 7)
1969 July 16-24 Flight of Apollo 11 succeeds in landing U.S. astronauts on the moon
1972 The Nixon administration approves the Space Shuttle as a national program
1974 Brown graduates from Yorktown High School, Yorktown, Virginia
1977 August-October Series of five Approach and Landing Tests (within the atmosphere) of Space Shuttle Enterprise
1978 Brown graduates from William and Mary College with a B.S. in biology
1981 April 12 First launch into earth orbit for the Space Shuttle program by Columbia (STS-1)
1982 Brown graduates from Eastern Virginia Medical School with a doctorate in Medicine (M.D.)
1984 Brown completes his U.S. Navy flight surgeon training
1986 January 28 Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) explodes shortly after launch, killing all on board
1988 Brown is selected by the U.S. Navy for pilot training
1988 September 29 Return to flight of the Space Shuttle program by Discovery (STS-26)
1990 Brown is designated as a naval aviator and ranks first in his class
1990 April 24 Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) with Hubble Space Telescope (HST) as payload
1991 Brown is attached to the Naval Strike Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada
1992 Brown serves aboard aircraft carrier USS Independence and pilots the Grumman A-6E Intruder aircraft with VA-115
1995 Brown reports to U.S. Naval Test Pilot School as the flight surgeon
1996 April Brown is selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate (ASCAN)
1998 Brown successfully completes his astronaut training and evaluation
1998 October 29 Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) with astronaut John Glenn returning to space after his first orbital flight aboard Friendship 7 in 1962
2003 January 16 Launch of Brown and the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-107)
2003 February 1 STS-107 disintegrates over Texas and Louisiana shortly before scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida with the loss of Brown and the crew


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