DeLucas was a member of the seven person crew of Space Shuttle Columbia for Mission STS-50, also called the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 (USML-1) Spacelab mission, in 1992. While in space, DeLucas participated in 31 different scientific, physics and materials research experiments as a payload specialist. His mission lasted 14 days, from June 25 to July 9, which was the longest shuttle mission at the time. He traveled more than 6 million miles, completing 221 orbits of earth and logging over 331 hours in space.
From 1994 to 1995, DeLucas served as the chief scientist for the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Now, DeLucas is a principal scientist at the Aerospace Corporation. He was previously a professor in the School of Optometry, Senior Scientist and Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center X-ray Core Facility, and Director of the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
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