was Sonny Carter?
Sonny Carter was a mission specialist aboard STS-33 in
The Sonny Carter
Training Facility, or SCTF, was named in memory of Astronaut M.
L. "Sonny" Carter, who was instrumental in developing
many of the current spacewalking techniques used by the astronauts.
On April 5, 1991, while traveling on NASA business, Carter died
in a commercial airplane crash.
a driving force in a number of advances we made in the field of
space medicine, particularly the evaluation of the Extravehicular
Mobility Unit," former Johnson Space Center Director Carolyn Huntoon said at the SCTF dedication. "Sonny Carter left a lasting impression
on the Johnson Space Center and our nation's space program."
flown on one space shuttle mission -- STS-33 -- in 1989 and was
training for his second flight when he died. Read more about him
in his bio.