Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Daniel Charles


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Personal data

Birthdate:  17.01.1943
Birthplace:  Watertown, Wisconsin
Marital status:  married
Children:  one
Selection date:  16.01.1978
Selection group:  NASA-8
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 01.10.1992


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-8 Challenger  PLT  30.08. - 05.09.1983 6d 01h 08m 
2  STS-51G Discovery  CDR  17.06. - 24.06.1985 7d 01h 38m 
3  STS-32 Columbia  CDR  09.01. - 20.01.1990 10d 21h 00m 
4  STS-49 Endeavour  CDR  07.05. - 16.05.1992 8d 21h 17m 
Total  32d 21h 03m 

Additional information

Bachelor of science in mathematics and physics from the University of Wisconsin in River Falls, 1965; two honorary doctorate degrees; Captain, USN, Ret.; in Southeast Asia he flew 192 combat missions in A- 6 Intruders; hobbies: Skiing, sailing, basketball, softball, golf, woodworking; he served as Chief of Astronaut Office from May 1987 - October 1992. 1996 he became Vice President of Kistler Aerospace Corporation in Seattle; August 1999 Vice President and Program Manager for the Mission Support Operations Contract at the NASA/Johnson Space Center for Lockheed Martin Space Operations, Houston. On September 28, 2007 he succeeded Richard Covey as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance (USA).


Last update on August 24, 2018.