After attending high school, Musgrave served as an aircraft electrician in the United States Marine Corps on the USS Wasp. He was enveloped by his passion for aviation and quickly signed up for flight training after being honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps
Upon leaving the Marine Corps, Musgrave pursued his educational goals at several esteemed universities. Including Syracuse University, Marietta College, and Columbia University.
Pioneered research in human anatomy and flight. Musgrave eventually became a physician and an expert in the effects of aviation on the human body.
In 1967, he was selected by NASA for NASA’s second group of Scientist Astronauts. Although, with budget cuts plaguing NASA, his future as an astronaut was uncertain.
Musgrave would be selected in 1983 to serve as Mission Specialist on STS-6. Musgrave was the only astronaut to fly on all five Space Shuttles before the disbandment of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. With a total flight record of 6 space flights and 1,281 hours in space.