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Robert L. Crippen, BS ASE 1960

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.

Brian McKee, BS ASE '80: Operation Enduring Respect

Brian McKee

Brian McKee, cofounder of Millennium Engineering and Integration, founded Operation Enduring Respect to thank wounded service men and women for their patriotism and sacrifices by taking them to sporting events. For the past three years, McKee and Millennium have generously given to the ASE/EM Department to support the Texas Spacecraft Lab (TSL), WIALD (Women in Aerospace for Engineering Leadership Development) and the Women in Aerospace scholarship program. He is seen in the photo above with members of WIALD.

Paul Lockhart, MS ASE '81, Returns to Campus

Paul Lockhart

Alumnus and former astronaut Paul Lockhart returns to campus.

Trent Martin, BS ASE '94

Trent Martin

 Alumnus Trent Martin: Launching the The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

Longhorns on Mars

Longhorn rockets

Many of our former graduate students were involved with the Mars Curiosity mission. Learn about their experiences in the Alcalde story, "Longhorns on Mars." Read more...