Astronaut Charged with Murder

Former James D. Halsell, Jr., who flew on four shuttle flights between 1994 and 2000, has been charged with murder stemming from the deaths of two girls in a DUI. Halsell commanded two of his missions and led the Return to Flight Planning Team following the Columbia disaster.

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