Former astronaut, Navy vet Dale Gardner dies at age 65
Astronaut Dale Gardner holds a ‘for sale’ sign after retrieving two satellites from Space Shuttle Discovery, Nov. 14, 1984.
DENVER — Former astronaut Dale Gardner, who helped haul a stranded satellite into the space shuttle and back to Earth in 1984, has died at age 65.
Gardner's obituary in the Colorado Springs Gazette said he died Wednesday in Colorado Springs, near his home in Divide. The cause of death wasn't listed.
Gardner flew two shuttle missions, in 1983 and 1984. He logged 337 hours in space and went on two space walks.
The Denver Post reports that after getting the stranded satellite into the shuttle, he posed for a photo with a "for sale" sign. The satellite was stuck in the wrong orbit.
He was a commander in the Navy and returned to military duty in 1986, serving in the U.S. Space Command.
His funeral is scheduled for Tuesday.