Manley L. "Sonny" Carter
Born August 15, 1947 in Macon, Georgia. Manley Lanier “Sonny” Carter, Jr. received a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and a doctorate of medicine (M.D.) from Emory University. Carter and his wife, Dana Powell Carter, have two children, Olivia and Meredith.
Dr. Carter, a specialist in internal medicine, and a former professional soccer player, became a flight surgeon in the Navy. He subsequently trained to become a pilot and was assigned to fly F-4 phantoms with Marine Fighter Attach Squadron 333. He received numerous medals for his work as a fighter pilot.
Captain Carter was selected by NASA to be an astronaut and was qualified as a mission specialist. He logged 120 hours in space on STS-33, which included 79 orbits of the Earth.
He was chosen to fly on STS-42, the first International Microgravity Laboratory, which was to lift off in January 1992. However, while on official NASA business, Dr. Carter was in a plane that crashed and was destroyed.
Manley Lanier “Sonny” Carter, Jr. made the ultimate sacrifice and lost in life in service to the nation and the space program on April 5, 1991 at 43 years of age.