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Poster announcing a public welcoming ceremony for astronaut Joe Engle and his wife Mary on the South Lawn of the State Capitol in Topeka on December 3, 1981. Joe H. Engle (1932- ) was born and raised in Chapman, Kansas. He was the commander for the Space Shuttle Columbia's second orbital test flight on November 12, 1981, during which he became the first and only pilot to manually fly the Shuttle through reentry and landing. He retired from NASA and the Air Force in November of 1986, having logged more than 14,700 flight hours, including over 244 hours in space, and having flown over 185 different types of aircraft. Joe Engle was married to Mary Catherine Lawrence of Mission Hills, Kansas.

Date: 1981

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Item Number: 320234
KSHS Identifier: 2015.11.2

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