|Volume: 04, Issue: 14||03/08/2006|
Discuss Spaceflight with Former Astronaut Dr. Tony EnglandDon’t miss this opportunity to discuss spaceflight with Dr. Tony England, a scientist and former NASA Astronaut who served during the Apollo program (1967-1972), and again during the early shuttle program (1979-1988). Teachers, students, and space enthusiasts are invited to participate in this exciting chat event on Thursday, March 23, 2006.
Dr. Tony England served as a NASA Scientist-Astronaut during the Apollo program (1967-1972), and again during the early shuttle program (1979-1988). During the Apollo program, he completed Air Force Flight School and served as Mission Scientist for Apollo 13 and 16. During the shuttle program, he was assigned to flight-test for the shuttle’s entry and landing system, flew as a Mission Specialist on Spacelab 2 – a solar astronomy and plasma physics mission, and served as space station program scientist (1986-1988). He has logged 4,000 hours as pilot – 2,000 in high performance aircraft – and 8 days in Earth orbit. He was co-investigator on the Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) used to probe the Moon on Apollo 17 and helped develop an evolutionary version of the radar for his studies of glaciers in Washington and Alaska. He also participated in and led geophysical traverses during two field seasons in Antarctica.
Dr. England received a share of the President’s Medal of Freedom (1970) for contributions to the safe recovery of Apollo 13, the NASA Outstanding Scientific Achievement Medal (1973) for contributions to Apollo 16, the U.S. Antarctic Medal (1979) for geophysical studies in Antarctica, the NASA Space Flight Medal (1985) and the American Astronomical Society Space Flight Award (1986) for his flight on Spacelab 2, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1988) for contributions to Space Station.
He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Earth Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT in 1970. Currently, Dr. England serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering, as well as a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. Outside of work Dr. England enjoys sailing and cross country skiing.
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