Loren Shriver

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Loren James Shriver
NASA Astronaut
Nationality American
Status Retired
Born (1944-09-23) 23 September 1944 (age 70)
Jefferson, Iowa
Other occupation
Test Pilot
Rank Colonel, USAF
Time in space
16d 02h 04m
Selection 1978 NASA Group
Missions STS-51-C, STS-31, STS-46
Mission insignia
51-c-patch.jpgSts31 flight insignia.pngSts-46-patch.png

Loren James Shriver (born 23 September 1944) is a former NASA astronaut, aviator, and a retired US Air Force Colonel.


Shriver currently holds the position of Deputy Director for Launch and Payload Processing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Before taking this position in 1997, he served as the Space Shuttle program Manager for Launch Integration.

Shriver was commissioned in 1967, and served from 1969 to 1973 as a T-38 academic instructor pilot at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. In 1973 he was then assigned to an overseas tour in Thailand. Beginning in 1975, he attended the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He was later assigned to the 6512th Test Squadron, and in 1976, he began serving as a test pilot for the F-15 Joint Test Force.

Shriver was selected as an astronaut by NASA in January 1978, participated in three space flights, and logged over 386 hours in space. He was pilot of STS-51-C, launched from Kennedy Space Center on 24 January 1985. He commanded a crew of five on his second mission, STS-31 which launched on 24 April 1990. This five-day flight deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. He also commanded mission STS-46 in 1992.


Shriver was born in Jefferson, Iowa. He and his wife, Susan Diane, have three daughters, Camilla, Melinda, and Rebecca, and one son, Jered. They reside in Titusville, Florida.


Shriver received a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1967, and a Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1968.

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