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Vance Devoe Brand

Vance Devoe Brand

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  • Name Vance Devoe Brand 
    Born 9 May 1931  Longmont, Boulder, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1940 
    1940 Brand.
    1940 Brand.
    1940 US census, Longmont, Boulder, Colorado, enumeration district 7-50A, Family Number 375, Brand.
    Census 1950 
    1950 Brand.
    1950 Brand.
    1950 US census, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, enumeration district 7-56, Line Number 10, Brand. Note: Living at the Sigma Nu Fraternity House.
    Military Service U.S. Marine Corps Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1966 
    Astronaut 
    Vance Brand.
    Vance Brand.
    1n 1966 Vance was one of 19 selected to be an astronaut trainee as part of the 5th group of trainees.
    Apollo XIII.
    Apollo XIII.
    Mission Control Center during the Apollo 13 oxygen cell failure. Seated at consoles, from left to right, are Astronaut Donald K. Slayton, Director of Flight Crew Operations; Astronaut Jack R. Lousma, Shift 3 spacecraft communicator; and Astronaut John W. Young, commander of the Apollo 13 back-up crew. Standing, left to right, are Astronaut Tom K. Mattingly, who was replaced as Apollo 13 command module pilot after it was learned he may come down with measles, and Astronaut Vance D. Brand, Shift 2 spacecraft communicator.
    Occupation 15 Jul 1975 
    Apollo Command Module Pilot on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission. 
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Program Patch.
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Program Patch.
    Apollo–Soyuz was the first crewed international space mission.
    Apollo-Soyuz Crews.
    Apollo-Soyuz Crews.
    Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford (standing on left), commander of the American crew; cosmonaut Aleksey A. Leonov (standing on right), commander of the Soviet crew; astronaut Donald K. Slayton (seated on left), docking module pilot of the American crew; astronaut Vance D. Brand (seated center), command module pilot of the American crew; and cosmonaut Valeriy N. Kubasov (seated on right), engineer on the Soviet crew.
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Saturn 1B.
    Apollo-Soyuz Test Saturn 1B.
    Apollo-Soyuz Test, Saturn 1B rocket waits on the launch pad.
    Apollo-Soyuz American Lift-Off.
    Apollo-Soyuz American Lift-Off.
    Apollo-Soyuz American Lift-Off.
    Apollo-Soyuz Soviet Lift-Off.
    Apollo-Soyuz Soviet Lift-Off.
    Apollo-Soyuz Soviet Lift-Off.
    Apollo Spacecraft with Docking Module.
    Apollo Spacecraft with Docking Module.
    Apollo Spacecraft with Docking Module as photographed by the Soyuz crew. The docking module adapted the two different spacecraft together. It was carried into space by the Americans in the same fashion as the lunar lander had been by earlier Apollo missions.
    Brand Docking.
    Brand Docking.
    Vance at the controls of the Apollo Command module during the docking with the Soyuz spacecraft.
    Soyuz Spacecraft.
    Soyuz Spacecraft.
    Soyuz Spacecraft as photographed from the Apollo capsule.
    Apollo Soyuz Docking.
    Apollo Soyuz Docking.
    Artist conception of the two space craft about to dock. The Apollo astronauts spent 9 days 1 hour and 28 minutes in space. The Soyuz crew spent 5 days 22 hours and 30 minutes in space. They spent 47 hours and 7 minutes docked together.
    Brand Floating.
    Brand Floating.
    Vance floating through the passage of the docking module to enter the Soyuz spacecraft.
    Apollo Capsule Returns.
    Apollo Capsule Returns.
    Apollo Capsule Returns.
    Apollo Capsule Recovery.
    Apollo Capsule Recovery.
    Navy divers work to secure the capsule. The astronauts remained in the capsule until it was hoisted aboard the recovery ship, the USS New Orleans.

    At the end of the flight noxious nitrogen tetroxide fumes from the command module's control thrusters was accidently sucked into the cabin during landing. The crew was hospitalized as a precaution. While there a lesion was discovered on Slayton's lung and removed. Had it been found before the mission it likely would have resulted in him being grounded a second time causing him to miss this opportunity.
    Occupation 11 Nov 1982 
    Shuttle Mission STS-5 
    STS-5 Patch.
    STS-5 Patch.
    Columbia STS-5
    Columbia STS-5
    Space Shuttle Columbia sits on Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. The Shuttle is being prepared for launch on November 11, 1982.
    STS-5 Leaves The Launch Tower.
    STS-5 Leaves The Launch Tower.
    Having completed its four-mission test program, the space shuttle Columbia begins the first operational shuttle flight.
    STS-5 Liftoff.
    STS-5 Liftoff.
    STS-5 Crew.
    STS-5 Crew.
    The sign held by Commander Vance D. Brand, refers to the successful deployment of two commercial communications satellites on the flight's first two days. Brand is surrounded by, clockwise, left to right, astronauts William B. Lenoir, mission specialist, Robert F. Overmyer, pilot, and Joseph O. Allen IV, mission specialist, in the middeck area of the Earth-orbiting space shuttle Columbia.
    STS-5 Lands At Sunset.
    STS-5 Lands At Sunset.
    STS-5 Lands At Sunset.
    Columbia Post STS-5.
    Columbia Post STS-5.
    Occupation 3 Feb 1984 
    Shuttle Mission STS-41-B 
    STS-41-B Patch.
    STS-41-B Patch.
    STS-41-B Patch. After mission STS-9 the numbering system was revised. This mission would have been STS-11 thus there are 11 stars depicted on the patch.
    STS-41-B Crew.
    STS-41-B Crew.
    The crew; (seated left to right) Vance D. Brand, commander; and Robert L. Gibson, pilot. Standing left to right are mission specialists Robert L. Stewart, Ronald E. McNair, and Bruce McCandless.
    STS-41-B Waiting on the Launch Pad.
    STS-41-B Waiting on the Launch Pad.
    At the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the rotating service structure has pulled back to the prelaunch position, the shuttle Challenger sits at Launch Pad 39-A ready to embark on it fourth space mission STS-41B, the 10th flight of the space shuttle.
    STS-41-B Liftoff.
    STS-41-B Liftoff.
    STS-41-B Liftoff.
    Bruce McCandless II during EVA.
    Bruce McCandless II during EVA.
    During the STS-41-B mission astronaut Bruce McCandless II became the first man to venture outside of a spacecraft untethered.
    STS-41-B Landing.
    STS-41-B Landing.
    When the shuttle Challenger landed it marked the first time a shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center.
    Occupation 2 Dec 1990 
    Shuttle Mission STS-35 
    STS-35 Patch.
    STS-35 Patch.
    STS-35 was the tenth flight of Space Shuttle Columbia, the 38th shuttle flight, it's mission was devoted to astronomical observations with ASTRO-1, a Spacelab observatory. The patch depicts the constellation Orion to symbolize the things that were to be studied.
    STS-35 Crew.
    STS-35 Crew.
    The five astronauts and two payload specialists were assigned to NASA's STS-35 mission. Astronaut Vance D. Brand, center front and holding STS-35 insignia, making his fourth space flight and his third STS mission, served as mission commander. He is flanked on the front row by Pilot Guy S. Gardner and Mission Specialist (MS) John M. Lounge. On the back row (left to right) are MS Robert A.R. Parker, Payload Specialist Ronald A. Parise, MS Jeffrey A. Hoffman, and Payload Specialist Samuel T. Durrance.

    “I don’t feel any different than I did a few years ago, but I do realize that this probably will be my last spaceflight.” - Apollo veteran and STS-35 Commander Vance Brand.
    STS-35 Pass.
    STS-35 Pass.
    Atlantis, slated for mission STS-38, is parked in front of bay three of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following its rollback from Pad 39A for repairs to the liquid hydrogen lines.

    Space shuttle Columbia (left), scheduled for mission STS-35, is rolled past space shuttle Atlantis on its way to Pad 39A.
    STS-35 Liftoff.
    STS-35 Liftoff.
    Columbia clears the launch tower at 1:49am Eastern Standard Time
    STS-35 In Flight Portrait.
    STS-35 In Flight Portrait.
    STS-35 In Flight Portrait.
    Astro 1.
    Astro 1.
    Four instruments made up the Astro-1 Observatory: the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT), the Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (UIT), the Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment (WUPPE), and the Broad-Band X-Ray Telescope (BBXRT). The Astro ultraviolet telescopes photograph the UV sky (imaging), measure the energy distribution of UV wavelengths (spectroscopy), and analyze the intensity and orientation of UV light (photometry and polarimetry). The Astro X-ray telescope uses spectroscopy to measure the energy distribution of X-ray photons.

    By using more than one instrument, Astro-1 gathered different types of information at the same time on the same objects. It was the first observatory that could simultaneously take ultraviolet pictures of objects, study their ultraviolet and X-ray spectra, and determine brightness and structure through photometry and polarimetry.

    Astro-1 viewed targets ranging from our solar system’s backyard to the depths of the cosmos. The target list included virtually every kind of object in the astrophysical sky, from tightly grouped clusters of stars to large, tenuous nebulas.
    Astro 1
    Astro 1
    The Astro-1 instrument package extending out the open shuttle cargo bay doors.
    STS-35 Landing.
    STS-35 Landing.
    STS-35 Landing at Edwards Air Force Base.

    It was originally hoped that if they carefully conserved power the mission could be extended by one day. Unfortunately the mission was cut short by one day due to impending bad weather at the primary landing site.

    The shuttle landed at 10:54 PM Pacific Time.
    STS-35 Returns.
    STS-35 Returns.
    After Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft departs to return the orbiter to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
    Occupation 1992 
    Retirement  
    Veteran Astronaut Hangs Up Spacesuit.
    Veteran Astronaut Hangs Up Spacesuit.
    The Florida Today, Cocoa, Florida, Sunday, March 15, 1992 Section, E, page 9.
    Philanthropy 2019 
    In 1967 Vance purchased 40 acres of undeveloped land adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park. He donated the land to become part of the park. Congressional legislation to approve the boarder change is pending. 
    Siblings
    1. Robert Brand,   b. Abt 1938, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Person ID I64531  Nagel
    Last Modified 22 May 2022 

    Father Rudolph William Brand,   b. 14 Aug 1903, Boulder, Boulder, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1984, Longmont, Boulder, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Donna Mae DeVoe,   b. 4 Aug 1908, Butler, Richland, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1998, Longmont, Boulder, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 31 Oct 1929  Longmont, Boulder, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Brand-Devoe Marriage.
    Brand-Devoe Marriage.
    Brand-Devoe Marriage.
    Family ID F19977  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Joan Virginia Weninger,   b. 1 Jul 1934, Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1989, Alexandria, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years) 
    Married 25 Jul 1953 
    Divorced 5 Oct 1978  Harris County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Susan Nancy Brand,   b. 30 Apr 1954  [Foster]  [Birth]
     2. Stephanie Brand,   b. 6 Aug 1955  [Birth]
     3. Patrick Richard Brand,   b. 22 Mar 1958  [Birth]
     4. Kevin Stephen Brand,   b. 1 Dec 1963  [Birth]
    Last Modified 22 May 2022 
    Family ID F19978  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Beverly Ann Whitney 
    Children 
     1. Erik Ryan Brand,   b. 11 May 1981
    Last Modified 22 May 2022 
    Family ID F19979  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart