In this Thursday, April 6, 2000 file photo, Space shuttle Atlantis mission commander James Halsell Jr. speaks to reporters at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla, about a problem with the Atlantis. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove, File)
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A former astronaut who flew five missions and helped lead NASA back into space after the space shuttle Columbia disaster is charged with murder after an early morning wreck that killed two girls in Alabama, state troopers said.Troopers said a Chrysler 300 driven by Halsell collided with a Ford Fiesta in which the girls were passengers.Halsell was released from the Tuscaloosa County jail on $150,000 bond Monday night, said Lt. Andy Norris, a department spokesman.Selected as an astronaut in 1990, Halsell spent more than 1,250 hours in space.
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