Michael “Rich” Clifford Death: NASA Astronaut, Michael Clifford dies from Parkinson’s disease

Michael “Rich” Clifford Death: NASA Astronaut, Michael Clifford dies from Parkinson’s disease.

Clifford was chosen to become an astronaut in 1990 with NASA’s 13th group of spacecraft interns (naka “The Hairballs”). He died on Tuesday, December 28, aged 69 from Parkinson’s disease.

Clifford enjoys flying, golf, tennis, water and snow skiing, baseball, and
coaching youth sports.

He graduated from West Point in June 1974 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S.
Army. He served a tour with the 10th Cavalry in Fort Carson, Colorado. He then entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1976.

“We are saddened to learn about the passing of Michael “Rich” Clifford on Dec. 28,” NASA’s Johnson Space Center announced via official Facebook page.

Following Clifford’s selection as one of NASA Astronauts in 1990, he flew three space shuttle missions in seven years, spending a total of 665 hours in space – including 6-hour spacewalk to install science experiments on the outside of space station Mir.

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