Ellison Onizuka

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Ellison Shoji Onizuka

Birthplace: Kealakekua, Hawaii County, HI, United States
Death: January 28, 1986 (39)
Immediate Family:

Son of Masamitsu Onizuka and Private
Husband of Lorna Leiko Onizuka
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Private; Private and Private

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About Ellison Onizuka


Ellison Shoji Onizuka (Japanese: エリソン・ショージ・オニヅカ, 鬼塚 承次, Hepburn: Onizuka Shōji, June 24, 1946 – January 28, 1986) was an American astronaut, engineer, and U.S. Air Force flight test engineer from Kealakekua, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C. He died in the destruction of the Space Shuttle Challenger, on which he was serving as Mission Specialist for mission STS-51-L. Onizuka was the first Asian American and the first person of Japanese origin to reach space.

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Ellison Onizuka's Timeline

June 24, 1946
Kealakekua, Hawaii County, HI, United States
January 28, 1986
Age 39