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Gerald Paul Carr

Skylab resident

NASA photo of Gerald P. Carr

Biographical Data

Born August 22, 1932, in Denver Colorado; raised in Santa Ana, California.

Married JoAnn Petrie
Children Jennifer Anne (born July 31, 1955), Jamee Adele and Jeffrey Ernest (born July 3, 1958), John Christian (born April 4, 1962), Jessica Louise and Joshua Lee (born March 12, 1964)

Married Patricia L. Musick, 1979


High School Santa Ana High School

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering University of Southern California, 1954
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, 1961
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Princeton University, 1962
Honorary Doctorate of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Parks College of Saint Louis University, 1976

Military Career

Joined the U.S. Navy in 1949.
Appointed a midshipman in 1950 in the University of Southern California's NROTC program.
Received his commission and reported to the U.S. Marine Corps Officers' Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, upon graduation in 1954.
Received flight training at Pensacola, Florida, and Kingsville, Texas.
Assigned to Marine All-Weather-Fighter-Squadron 114 from 1962 to 1965.

NASA Career

Selected as an astronaut in April 1966.
Initially assigned to the test directors section of Marine Air Control Squadron Three, a unit responsible for the testing and evaluation of the Marine Tactical Data System.

Member of the astronaut support crews and CAPCOM for Apollo VIII and Apollo XII.

Involved in the development and testing of the lunar roving vehicle.

Commander of Skylab IV, the last manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop, November 16, 1973-February 8, 1974.
He was the first rookie astronaut to command a mission since Frank Borman on Gemini 7.
Accompanied on the record-setting 34.5-million-mile flight by Science Pilot
Edward Gibson and Pilot William R. Pogue.

Gerald Carr 'balances' William Pogue on his finger while aboard Skylab
Gerald Carr and William Pogue

Became head of the design support group, within the astronaut office, responsible for providing crew support, in mid-1977.

Post-NASA Career

Retired from the Marine Corps in September 1975 and from NASA in June 1977.

Senior Consultant on Special Staff to the President of Applied Research, Inc., of Los Angeles, 1981-1983.

Manager of the University of Texas 300-inch Telescope Project, 1983-1985.

Founded CAMUS, Incorporated, in 1984. Was a major contributor as a technical support subcontractor to the Boeing Company in the crew systems design of the International Space Station.


fellow, American Astronautical Society
former director, Sunsat Energy Council
former director, Houston POPS Orchestra
director, National Space Society
member, Marine Corps Association
member, Marine Corps Aviation Association
member, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation
member, Society of Experimental Test Pilots
member, The Order of Daedalians
member, National Society of Professional Engineers
member, University of Southern California Alumni Association
member, Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity

Awards and Honors

National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Letter of Commendation from the Commander of Carrier Division II
NASA Group Achievement Award (1971)
NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1974)
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1974)
Navy Astronaut Wings (1974)
City of Chicago Gold Medal (1974)
University of Southern California Alumni Merit Award (1974)
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout Award (1974)
Robert J. Collier Trophy for 1973 (1974)
City of New York Gold Medal (1974)
Marine Corps Aviation Association's Exceptional Achievement Award (1974)
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy (1975)
Federation Aeronautique Internationale's Gold Space Medal
Federation Aeronautique Internationale's De La Vaulx Medal
Federation Aeronautique Internationale's V.M. Komarov Diploma for 1974
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award for 1974
American Astronautical Society's 1975 Flight Achievement Award
induction into Astronaut Hall of Fame (1997)


Astronaut Biographies

See Also

Skylab IV
Frank Borman
Edward Gibson
William R. Pogue

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