The NASA astronaut who refused to shave his beard is searching for Atlantis

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After months of flight training, Scully-Power was strapped into a seat in the crew module of the Challenger space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, as a payload specialist. It was Oct. 5, 1984.

Wires and tubes connected the seven-person crew to communications and vital oxygen. Extensive checks were completed with mission control.

Upon launch, Scully-Power, then 41 years old, would set numerous records. He would become the first Australian-born person to leave Earth. He would become the first oceanographer in space. And with a face full of brown-white hair, he’d be the first person in space with a beard.

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