Parks, Robert J.
|Birthname||Robert Joseph Parks|
|born on||1 April 1922 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )|
|Place||Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15|
|Timezone||PST h8w (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||11°10' 27°54 Asc. 05°39'|
American aerospace engineer, known as 'Bob,' a pioneer in the space program where he directed for some of the most historic and important U.S. unmanned space missions. Over a 40-year tenure at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/NASA), located in Pasadena, California, Parks’ impact was essential to helping the United Stated lead the world in space exploration.
He served as Guidance Engineer for Explorer 1, the first successfully launched satellite by the United States. He directed the initial flyby missions to the Moon (Ranger 7, 8 and 9 Missions), the first soft landing on the moon (Surveyor Lunar Lander), the world’s first successful mission to another planet (Mariner 2 to Venus) and initial missions to Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus. Parks concluded his career as Deputy Director of the JPL/NASA and retired in 1987.
Some of the awards he received for his work include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1967), the Stuart Ballantine Medal (1967), the Goddard Astronautics Award (1980) and the Caltech Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982. Parks died aged 89 on 3 June 2011.
- Work : Prize 1963 (NASA Public Service Award)
- Work : Prize 1973 (Elected to the National Academy of Engineers)
- Work : Retired 1987
Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate and upgraded rating to BC/BR in hand.
Previously this entry had same data (Steinbrecher Collection: Gauquelin Book of American Charts).
- Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Same company for 40 years; different positions)
- Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
- Vocation : Business : Top executive
- Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace
- Vocation : Travel : Aviation field (Space project director)
- Notable : Awards : Public Service