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Australia's first astronaut was Dr. Paul Scully-Power

Australia's first astronaut was Dr. Paul Scully-Power. He was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1944 and later became an Australian-American dual citizen. Scully-Power was a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College, and he served in the Royal Australian Navy before becoming a civilian oceanographer.

In 1984, Scully-Power was selected by NASA to participate in the STS-41-G mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger, which made him the first Australian-born astronaut to go into space. During the mission, which lasted for 8 days, he conducted various scientific experiments and operated the shuttle's robotic arm.

After his historic mission, Scully-Power continued his work in oceanography, working as a senior scientist and executive with several research organizations, including the Naval Oceanographic Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the University of Rhode Island.

In recognition of his contributions to science and exploration, Scully-Power was awarded several honors, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Order of Australia, and the U.S. Navy's Meritorious Service Medal.

 



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