Bob CrippenRobert L. Crippen became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a member of the astronaut support crew for the Skylab 2, 3, and 4 missions, and served in this same capacity for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, which was completed successfully in July 1975. He served as pilot on STS-1 (April 12-14, 1981), and was the spacecraft commander on STS-7 (June 18-24, 1983), STS-41C (April 6-13, 1984) and STS-41G (October 5-13, 1984).

A four flight veteran, Crippen has logged over 565 hours in space, orbited the earth 374 times and traveled over 9.4 million miles. From 1986-1989, he was assigned as deputy director, Shuttle Operations, for NASA Headquarters at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for final Shuttle preparation, mission execution, and return of the orbiter to KSC after landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. He also served as director, Space Shuttle, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. from 1990 until he was named KSC director in 1992.

Biography courtesy NASA

During the spring semester of 2010, Captain Crippen returned to campus to visit with our students. Read more about his visit.

Crippen is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

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Space traffic expert and former NASA navigator Moriba Jah joins UT Austin's aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics faculty.

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Amazing GRACE: Celebrating 15 Years in Orbit

On March 17, the twin satellites in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment — better known as GRACE —completed 15 years in orbit.

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We are currently searching for two full-time faculty positions with a start date of September 2017.

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April 26, 2017

Clint Dawson's Storm Surge Research Featured in Award-Winning Journalism

A news story explaining the benefits of Clint Dawson's research on hurricane storm surge has won broadcast journalism's highest honor.

April 17, 2017

ASE Graduate Student Lead Author in Nature Geoscience Publication

Graduate student Denis Felikson is the lead author of a paper published in Nature Geoscience, which involves research that could help predict melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

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April 27, 2017

Rarefied Gas Dynamic Simulation of the Pluto-Charon System

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Location: WRW 113
Time: 3:30 pm

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