Parks, Robert J.

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Parks, Robert J. Gender: M
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)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 11°10' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 27°54 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 05°39'

Robert J. Parks (2nd from left, at the White House with President John F. Kennedy in 1963)


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.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1963 (NASA Public Service Award)
  • Work : Prize 1973 (Elected to the National Academy of Engineers)
  • Work : Retired 1987

Source Notes

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