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Joe Engle

American - (NASA)

Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 26, 1932
Age: 91


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.

X-15 | Flight 138

North American Aviation | United States of America
Air launch to Suborbital flight
June 29, 1965, 6:21 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

Flight 138 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1965. Piloted by Joe H. Engle it reached an altitude of 85.5 km.

Suborbital
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X-15 | Flight 143

North American Aviation | United States of America
Air launch to Suborbital flight
Aug. 10, 1965, 7:24 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

Flight 143 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1965. Piloted by Joe H. Engle it reached an altitude of 82.6 km.

Suborbital
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X-15 | Flight 153

North American Aviation | United States of America
Air launch to Suborbital flight
Oct. 14, 1965, 8:47 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

Flight 153 of the North American X-15 was a test flight conducted by NASA and the US Air Force in 1965. Piloted by Joe H. Engle it reached an altitude of 81.1 km.

Suborbital
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Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-2

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States of America
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Nov. 12, 1981, 3:10 p.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

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

National Aeronautics and Space Administration | United States of America
Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Aug. 27, 1985, 10:58 a.m.
Status: Success
Mission:

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: Bill Nelson

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
Success
1 hour, 52 minutes ago
EarthCARE
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

EarthCARE (Earth Cloud Aerosol and Radiation Explorer) is a joint mission of ESA and JAXA. The main goal of the mission is the observation and charac…


Falcon 9
Success
9 hours, 48 minutes ago
Starlink Group 6-60
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Chollima-1
Failure
1 day, 10 hours ago
Malligyong-1-1
Malligyong-1 Pad - Sohae Satellite Launching Station, Cholsan County, North Pyongan Province, Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Malligyong-1-1 (meaning "Telescope-1") is the fourth attempt by North Korea to launch a satellite officially declared to be for military reconnaissan…


Electron
Success
3 days, 16 hours ago
Ready, Aim, PREFIRE (PREFIRE 1)
Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1B - Onenui Station, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

First 6U Cubesat carrying a miniaturized IR spectrometer, covering 0- 45 μm at 0.84 μm spectral resolution, operating for one seasonal cycle for NASA…


Falcon 9
Success
4 days, 21 hours ago
Starlink Group 6-63
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 23 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.