NASA Astronaut G. David Low, 52, who flew on three space shuttle missions, died on March 15 of colon cancer in Reston, Virginia. He circled the earth more than 540 times during his 714 hours in space.
Low flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1990, Atlantis in 1991, and Endeavour in 1993. During his last flight, Low and Peter J.K. “Jeff” Wisoff conducted a nearly six-hour spacewalk to retrieve the free-flying European Retrievable Carrier.
Low continued to work for NASA for another three years following that flight. He served on the Russian Integration Team that helped to bring that nation into the space station program. He also worked with NASA Legislative Affairs.