Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Donald Alan


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Personal data

Birthdate:  06.05.1955
Birthplace:  Cleveland / Ohio
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  17.01.1990
Selection group:  NASA-13
Position:  MSP
Status:  Ret. ??.07.2007


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-65 Columbia  MS  08.07. - 23.07.1994 14d 17h 55m 
2  STS-70 Discovery  MS  13.07. - 22.07.1995 8d 22h 20m 
3  STS-83 Columbia  MS  04.04. - 08.04.1997 3d 23h 12m 
4  STS-94 Columbia  MS  01.07. - 17.07.1997 15d 16h 44m 
Total  43d 08h 11m 

Additional information

Bachelor of science in physics from Case Western Reserve University, 1977; master of science and Ph.D. in materials science from Cornell University in 1980 and 1982, respectively; materials engineer, NASA's JSC; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 12; was assigned for STS-113 but grounded of medical reasons; hobbies: swimming, biking, camping, flying; since August 2003 NASA's International Space Station Program Scientist; he retired from NASA in July 2007 and became director of the Willard Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science in the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics of the Towson University, near Baltimore, Maryland, August 01, 2007.


Last update on August 25, 2018.