Dick Scobee

1939 - 1986

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Francis Richard Scobee (May 19, 1939 – January 28, 1986) was an American pilot, engineer, and astronaut. He was killed while he was commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission.He held a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, graduating from the University of Arizona in 1965. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dick Scobee has received more than 1,192,974 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Dick Scobee is the 63rd most popular astronaut (down from 57th in 2019), the 3,080th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,885th in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Dick Scobee ranks 63 out of 524Before him are Viktor Gorbatko, Richard F. Gordon Jr., Sally Ride, Judith Resnik, Ronald Evans, and Arnaldo Tamayo Méndez. After him are Georgi Ivanov, Aleksei Gubarev, Viktor Savinykh, Charles Duke, Joseph A. Walker, and Georgy Beregovoy.

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Among people born in 1939, Dick Scobee ranks 167Before him are Jerry Brudos, Carlos do Carmo, Yael Dayan, Frank Vincent, Yoshinobu Ishii, and Robert James Waller. After him are Heinz Holliger, Louis Andriessen, Concha Velasco, Marisa Mell, Festus Mogae, and Jack Lang. Among people deceased in 1986, Dick Scobee ranks 102Before him are Helen B. Taussig, Valentin Kataev, Judith Resnik, Scatman Crothers, Princess Yolanda of Savoy, and Phil Lynott. After him are Raúl Prebisch, Elisabeth Bergner, Artur London, Liu Bocheng, Desi Arnaz, and John Bagot Glubb.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dick Scobee ranks 3,080 out of 18,182Before him are Robert James Waller (1939), Deborah Lipstadt (1947), Elizabeth Banks (1974), Barbara O'Neil (1910), Jacques Futrelle (1875), and Daniel Baldwin (1960). After him are Annie Sprinkle (1954), David Wilkerson (1931), Donald Davidson (1917), Joe Don Baker (1936), Marilyn Chambers (1952), and Richard Jordan (1937).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Dick Scobee ranks 33Before him are Thomas P. Stafford (1930), Michael J. Smith (1945), Richard F. Gordon Jr. (1929), Sally Ride (1951), Judith Resnik (1949), and Ronald Evans (1933). After him are Charles Duke (1935), Joseph A. Walker (1921), Gregory Jarvis (1944), Deke Slayton (1924), Scott Carpenter (1925), and Stuart Roosa (1933).