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Joe Engle

American - ( NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 26, 1932
Age: 87


Joe Henry Engle is an American pilot who served in the United States Air Force, test pilot for the North American X-15 program, aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. As of 2018, he is the last living pilot of the X-15 program. Engle test-flew the joint NASA-Air Force X-15 rocket airplane. During the course of testing, Engle earned his USAF Astronaut Wings, a Distinguished Flying Cross and other awards. Engle was selected by NASA in 1966 for the Apollo program, and was originally scheduled to land on the Moon as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 17, but was bumped when later flights were cancelled, so that geologist-astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt could fly. He subsequently became one of the first astronauts in the Space Shuttle program, having flight tested the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1977. He was Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981.

Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-2

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 12, 1981, 3:10 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Test Flight

STS-2 was the second flight of the Space Shuttle program. It flew on Columbia again marking the first time in history that a manned, reusable orbital vehicle returned to orbit for a second time.

Low Earth Orbit
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Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-51-I

United Space Alliance | USA
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 27, 1985, 10:58 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission: Communications

STS-51-I was the twentieth of the shuttle program and sixth of Space Shuttle Discovery. It deployed three 10 satellites and then repaired a malfunctioning satellite. This mission required two EVAs.

Low Earth Orbit
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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


New Shepard
Success
3 days, 6 hours ago
NS-12
West Texas Suborbital Launch Site/ Corn Ranch - Corn Ranch, USA

The 12th flight of New Shepard will contain commercial payloads and postcards from the nonprofit organisation 'Club for the Future'.


PSLV-QL
Success
3 days, 14 hours ago
RISAT-2BR1 & others
Satish Dhawan Space Centre First Launch Pad - Sriharikota, Republic of India

Satellite imaging mission of ISRO using an active SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imager to provide continuity of service for RISAT-2. Mission also ...


Soyuz 2.1B
Success
3 days, 15 hours ago
Glonass-M No. 59 (Kosmos 2544)
43/3 (43L) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

Glonass-M, also known as Uragan-M, are the second generation of Uragan satellite design used for GLONASS satellite navigation system. GLONASS is a ...


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week ago
Kuaizhou
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Kuaizhou
Success
1 week ago
Jilin-1-02B
Unknown Pad - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Jilin-1 is a series of Chinese commercial remote sensing satellites.