Born Feb. 29, 1936, in Grand Rapids, Mich. US astronaut; major in the US Marines.
Lousma graduated from the University of Michigan in 1959 with a bachelor’s of science degree in aircraft design. Beginning in 1959 he served as a marine aviator. He received a diploma in aviation engineering in 1965 upon graduation from an advanced naval training school. In 1966 he joined the group of astronauts of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the USA.
As a member of the second crew of the orbital station Skylab, which was launched May 14, 1973, he made one space flight from July 28 to Sept. 26, 1973, with A. Bean and O. Garriott. He spent 59 days 11 hr 9 min in space and completed two space walks totaling 11 hr 2 min.