C Gordon Fullerton

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About C Gordon Fullerton

Notable for his participation in the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s Approach and Landing Tests; the Space Shuttle Columbia’s third mission; and the Space Shuttle Challenger’s eighth flight, this NASA astronaut and test pilot also earned the rank of Colonel in the United States Air Force.

Early life

After completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, he worked for the Southern California-based Hughes Aircraft Company.

Trivia

His numerous honors include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ Ray E. Tenhoff Award.

Family of C Gordon Fullerton

Born Charles Gordon Fullerton, he spent his youth in Rochester, New York and Portland, Oregon. He was married to Marie Jeanette Buettner, and he raised children named Andrew and Molly.

Close associates of C Gordon Fullerton

He and Jack Lousma were both on the crew of NASA’s 1982 STS-3 mission.

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Charles Fullerton

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About Charles Fullerton

Research pilot and member of one of the two crews to pilot the Space Shuttle prototype.

Early life

He joined the U.S. Air Force after working as a mechanical design engineer.

Trivia

He logged more than 15 days in space and piloted over 135 different types of aircraft.

Family of Charles Fullerton

He married and had two children.

Close associates of Charles Fullerton

He is a pilot like fellow astronaut Michael Collins.

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Alyssa Carson

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About Alyssa Carson

Astronaut trainee within Project Possum, an astronautics research and education program studying upper-atmosphere and its role in global climate. 

Early life

She first went to space camp at age 7, in Huntsville, Alabama. She went on to return 18 times. 

Trivia

In 2012 and 2013, she attended Space Camp Turkey and Space Camp Canada, becoming the first person to attend all three NASA Space Camps. 

Family of Alyssa Carson

She credits her father, Bert Carson, for helping her support her dreams while also keeping her grounded. 

Close associates of Alyssa Carson

She met NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus when she was nine years old. 

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Michael Collins

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About Michael Collins

Pilot of Apollo 11 who went on to become the director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He was a part of the Gemini 10 mission as well.

Early life

He joined the U.S. Air Force and flew F-86 fighter jets in France before being accepted into the U.S. Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot School.

Trivia

He served as Vice President of LTV Aerospace from 1980 to 1985.

Family of Michael Collins

He married Patricia Finnegan in 1957, and they had three children together named Kate, Ann, and Michael.

Close associates of Michael Collins

He piloted the mission on which Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon.

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David Scott

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About David Scott

American astronaut who in 1971 became the seventh person in history to walk on the moon. He was also the first to ever drive on the Moon.

Early life

He was a record-holding swimmer in high school and a graduate of West Point.

Trivia

He participated in the Gemini 8, Apollo 9, and Apollo 15 missions.

Family of David Scott

He married Alfredia Scott in 1969.

Close associates of David Scott

He and astronaut Harrison Schmitt walked on the moon.

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Joseph Allen

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About Joseph Allen

This NASA astronaut and scientist was involved in the missions surrounding the Space Shuttle Columbia’s fifth flight (STS-5) and the Space Shuttle Discovery’s second flight (STS-51-A). In addition, during the mid-1970s, he was NASA’s Washington, D.C.-based Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs.

Early life

After earning his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from DePauw University, he received an M.S. and a PhD in Physics from Yale University and went on to become a researcher at the University of Washington’s Nuclear Physics Laboratory. He began working for NASA in late 1967.

Trivia

Portrayed by actor Doug McKeon, Allen was featured in a miniseries titled From the Earth to the Moon.

Family of Joseph Allen

He grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He and his wife Bonnie Jo Darling welcomed a son named David in 1968 and a daughter named Elizabeth in 1972.

Close associates of Joseph Allen

He and fellow astronaut Dale Gardner were both on the crew of NASA’s STS 51-A mission.

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