Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Joe Henry


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Personal data

Birthdate:  26.08.1932
Birthplace:  Dickinson County / Kansas
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  04.04.1966
Selection group:  X-15 3 / NASA-5
Position:  CDR
Status:  Ret. 30.11.1986


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-2  CDR  12.11. - 14.11.1981 2d 06h 13m 
2  STS-51I  CDR  27.08. - 03.09.1985 7d 02h 17m 
Total  9d 08h 30m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Apollo 14  LMP
2  STS-1  CDR

Additional information

Bachelor of science in aeronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, 1955; test pilot; X-15-pilot; performed three X-15 flights with an altitude of more than 80 kilometers (29.06.1965, 10.08.1965 and 14.10.1965) and earned his astronaut wings; 1963 selected Military Astronaut - Class 3; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; in 1977 he was Commander of the second and fourth test flight with the Space Shuttle Enterprise (ALT); hobbies: Flying, big game hunting, backpacking, athletics; he served as general major of the Kansas Air National Gard (now retired); currently engineering consultant and simulation evaluation pilot for Space Shuttle modifications.


Last update on January 01, 2010.