Crippen, Robert L.
|Birthname||Robert Laurel Crippen|
|born on||11 September 1937 at 14:45 (= 2:45 PM )|
|Place||Washington, District of Columbia, 38n54, 77w02|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||18°38' 07°16 Asc. 08°40'|
American astronaut, selected by NASA to begin his training in June 1969. From 4/12 - 4/14/1981, he piloted the Columbia in the first U.S. space shuttle flight. Crippen commanded the second flight of the Challenger (6/18-24/1983), a historic flight that saw Sally Ride become the first American woman in space, and with this flight, he became the first astronaut to fly in two shuttle missions. He is considered to be one of the giants of the U.S. space program.
He graduated from New Caney High School in Caney, Texas and entered the University of Texas in Austin. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1960, Crippen went to Pensacola, Florida, where he received his commission in the Navy’s Aviation Officer Program. Over the next few years, he attended flight training and earned his wings. From June 1962 to November 1964, he served as an attack pilot on the aircraft carrier USS Independence. He attended the USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California, and after graduation, he remained there as an instructor.
In October 1966, he was selected for the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program. After moving on to NASA and completing astronaut training in September 1969, he was a member of the support crews for Skylab 2, 3 and 4 as well as for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. From 1986 to 1989, he was deputy director of Shuttle Operations at Kennedy Space Center. In 1990, he took over as director at the Washington, D.C. headquarters where he served until being named Kennedy Space Center director in 1992. He went on to become vice president of Training Simulation Systems for Lockheed Martin, and then in December 1996, he became President of Thiokol Propulsion Group in Utah.
He was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 1981, and throughout his career, he received many awards and honors such as the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 1981, the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award, 1981 and the U.S. Navy Distinguished Flying Cross, 1984.
Crippen married Pandora Lee Puckett. They have three daughters.
- associate relationship with Carr, Gerald (born 22 August 1932). Notes: Support crew member and astronaut of Skylab 4
- associate relationship with Conrad, Pete (born 2 June 1930). Notes: Support crew member and commander of Skylab 2
- associate relationship with Garriott, Owen (born 22 November 1930). Notes: Support crew member and astronaut of Skylab 3
- associate relationship with Holmquest, Donald (born 7 April 1939). Notes: Support crew member and developer of Skylab missions
- associate relationship with Kerwin, Joseph P. (born 19 February 1932). Notes: Support crew member and astronaut of Skylab 2
- associate relationship with Lind, Don (born 18 May 1930). Notes: Support crew member and backup pilot of Skylab 3 and 4
- associate relationship with Lousma, Jack Robert (born 29 February 1936). Notes: Support crew member and astronaut of Skylab 3
- associate relationship with Musgrave, Story (born 19 August 1935). Notes: Support crew member and backup pilot of Skylab 2
- associate relationship with Pogue, William E. (born 23 January 1930). Notes: Support Crew member and astronaut of Skylab 4
- business associate/partner relationship with Ride, Sally (born 26 May 1951)
- business associate/partner relationship with Young, John W. (born 24 September 1930)
- compare to chart of Space: Columbia STS-1 (born 12 April 1981)
- compare to chart of Space: Skylab (space station) (born 14 May 1973). Notes: member of the support crews for Skylab 2, 3 and 4
- Social : End a program of study 1960 (Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering)
- Work : Prize 1981 (Aviation Hall of Fame)
- Work : Prize 1981 (Defense Meritorious Service Medal)
- Work : Prize 1981 (Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award)
- Work : Great Achievement 18 June 1983 (Piloted second flight of Challenger, six days)
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- Work : Prize 1984 (U.S. Navy Distinguished Flying Cross)
- Work : New Job 1986 (Deputy director of shuttle operations, three years)
- Work : New Job 1990 at 12:00 midnight in Washington D.C., DE (Director)
- Work : New Job 1992 (Director at Kennedy Space Center)
Gauquelin Book of American Charts
- Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three)
- Vocation : Travel : Astronaut
- Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military (Navy)
- Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Aviation)
- Notable : Awards : Medals (Three)
- Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Astronaut)