Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates


M. Peter "Pete"


Peter Frank

Personal data

Birthdate:  20.08.1930
Birthplace:  Bryan, Texas
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  ??.??.1965
Position:  PLT
Status:  Ret. 04.04.1966
Day of death:  22.06.2005
Place of death:  Houston, Texas

Additional information

Lieutenant Colonel, USMC Reserve. He attended the University of Texas, Austin, graduating in 1952 after earning a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. Following his active USMC service Pete Frank worked for the Martin Company in Baltimore earning a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He joined NASA at the Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston in 1962. Frank served as an Apollo Flight Director between 1969 and 1972, specifically for Apollo 9 (Shift 3), 10 (Shift 3), 12 (Shift 2), 14 (Lead FD Shift 1), 16 (Lead FD Shift 1), and 17 (Shift 3), then in 1975 he assumed the role of Lead Flight Director/Shift 1 for ASTP. He died from injuries sustained in a car accident.


Last update on September 28, 2021.