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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.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 16 hours ago
Starlink 9
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 57 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system. This launch will also ca...


Long March 2D
Success
6 days, 17 hours ago
Gaofen-9-04
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), ...


Starship SN5
Success
1 week ago
Starship SN5 150m Hop
SpaceX South Texas Launch Site - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The Starship SN5 first flight was a 150m 'hop' from SpaceX's South Texas Launch Site in Boca Chica Village.


Proton-M Briz-M
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Ekspress-80 & Ekspress-103
200/39 (200L) - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Ekspress-80 and Ekspress 103 are communications satellites for Russian domestic communication services owned by RSCC (Kosmicheskiya Svyaz). Expres...


Atlas V 541
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Mars 2020 (Perseverance rover & Ingenuity helicopter)
Space Launch Complex 41 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

Atop this ULA Atlas V rocket will be Perseverance, a car-sized rover which will explore an ancient river delta on Mars. Armed with a suite of six s...