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JOSEPH PERCIVAL ALLEN
Joe was born June 27, 1937 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was trained in physics at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, and, as a Ph.D candidate in nuclear physics, at Yale. Allen was selected as a member of the second group of scientist-astronauts (sometimes known as the XS-11) in August 1967. He served with distinction as the Mission Scientist and EVA CapCom on Apollo 15 and contributed a great deal of subtle humor to Apollo 17 as the Goodnight CapCom. After Apollo, he served on the staff of the President's Council on International Economic Policy and, from 1975 to 1978, served as the Director of the Legislative Affairs Division at NASA headquarters. He first flew in space in November, 1982 as a member of the fifth Shuttle crew (STS-5) along with fellow Apollo alumni Vance Brand, Bob Overmyer, and Bill Lenoir. He made his second flight, the 14th Shuttle mission (STS-51A), in November 1984. During this flight, he and Dale Gardner made a pair of spacewalks to retrieve two communications satellites which, the previous year, had failed to reach geostationary orbit. Retired from NASA and is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Space Industries International, Inc. in Houston, Texas.
(NOTE: the photo is Joe's formal portrait from his STS-5 mission.
[Jeff Scism (former webmaster of this site) actually put the this Spacesuit together. He was a Pressure Suit Technician for USAF, at Beale AFB, Ca., Physiological Support Division. The suit is a David Clark model S-1036, designed for the SR-71])
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