Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Charles Frank, Jr. "Charlie"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  19.08.1946
Birthplace:  Columbia, South Carolina
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  19.05.1980
Selection group:  NASA-9
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 27.06.1994


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-61C Columbia  PLT  12.01. - 18.01.1986 6d 02h 03m 
2  STS-31 Discovery  PLT  24.04. - 29.04.1990 5d 01h 16m 
3  STS-45 Atlantis  CDR  24.03. - 02.04.1992 8d 22h 09m 
4  STS-60 Discovery  CDR  03.02. - 11.02.1994 8d 07h 09m 
Total  28d 08h 37m 

Additional information

Bachelor of science in electrical science from the United States Naval Academy, 1968; master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California, 1977; three honorary doctorate degrees; Major General USMC (Ret.); test pilot; hobbies: Racquetball, running, soccer, swimming, and first day cover collecting; he resigned from NASA on 27.06.1994 to serve as Staff Secretary, Assistant Wing Commander at Headquarters 3D Marine Aircraft Wing, Miramar, California; retired from USMC on August 09, 2002; since 01.01.2003 President and Chief Operating Officer of American Puretex Water Corporation and PureTex Water Works; since July 17, 2009 NASA Administrator.


Last update on August 24, 2018.