Loren J. Shriver
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Loren James Shriver

(1944-09-23) September 23, 1944 (age 78)[1]
Alma materUnited States Air Force Academy, B.S. 1967
Purdue University, M.S. 1968
OccupationTest Pilot
AwardsDfc-usa.jpg NASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg
Space career
NASA Astronaut
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Colonel, USAF
Time in space
16d 02h 04m
Selection1978 NASA Group 8
MissionsSTS-51-C, STS-31, STS-46
Mission insignia
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Loren James Shriver (born September 23, 1944) is a former NASA astronaut, aviator, and a retired US Air Force Colonel.[1]


Shriver graduated from Paton High School in 1962.[2] He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1967, and a Master of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University in 1968.[1][2]

Shriver was commissioned in 1967, and served from 1969 to 1973 as a T-38 academic instructor pilot at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.[1][2] In 1973 he was then assigned to an overseas tour in Thailand until October 1974.[1] Beginning in 1975, he attended the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.[1] He was later assigned to the 6512th Test Squadron, and in 1976, he began serving as a test pilot for the F-15 Joint Test Force.[1]

Shriver was selected as an astronaut by NASA in January 1978,[1] participated in three space flights, and logged over 386 hours in space.[2] In September 1982, he was selected as pilot of STS-10, the first Department of Defense mission for the Space Shuttle, but the mission was cancelled.[1] He was pilot of STS-51-C, launched from Kennedy Space Center on January 24, 1985.[1][2] He commanded a crew of five on his second mission, STS-31 which launched on April 24, 1990.[1][2] This five-day flight deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.[1][2] He also commanded mission STS-46 in 1992.[2]

Before his retirement, Shriver was of Deputy Director for Launch and Payload Processing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Before taking this position in 1997, he served as the Space Shuttle program Manager for Launch Integration. He was the vice-president of engineering and integration and chief technology officer with United Space Alliance until his retirement from NASA in 2011.[2]

Personal life

The son of Darrell and Jessie (Drayer) Shriver,[3] he was born in Jefferson, Iowa and is a native of nearby Paton.[4] He and his wife, Susan Diane (née Hane), have three daughters, Camilla, Melinda, and Rebecca, and one son, Jered.[1] They reside in Estes Park, Colorado.[3] He has served as commander of American Legion Post 119 in Estes Park from 2018 until the present time.

Awards and honors

Unveiled on October 27, 2016, Col. Shriver's image along with Lt. Col. Dwight Eisenhower and Capt. Darrell Lindsey were featured on Greene County's Freedom Rock which is located in front of the grain elevator in Jefferson. His image was painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen of Greenfield.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Astronaut Bio: Loren J. Shriver (Colonel USAF)" (PDF). NASA website. May 2008. Retrieved June 2, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Carlson, Coltrane (July 18, 2019). "Paton's Former Astronaut Talks Apollo Landing Anniversary and His Time in Space". Raccoon Valley Radio. Perry, Iowa. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Duane Shriver Obituary". The Jefferson Herald. Jefferson, Iowa. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Butler, Ben (October 28, 2016). "Freedom Rock Unveiled to Eager Greene County Crowd". Jefferson, Iowa: Raccoon Valley Radio. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Inductee Biographies Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved March 25, 2008
  6. ^ 2007 U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Archived March 15, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved March 25, 2008