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|Donald Ray McMonagle
three-time Space Shuttle astronaut
Born May 14, 1952, in Flint, Michigan
Married Janyce Morton
Graduated from Hamady High School in 1970
Bachelor of Science in
Astronautical Engineering United States Air Force
Completed pilot training at Columbus
Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1975.
Assigned to Luke AFB, Arizona, as an F-15 instructor pilot in 1979.
Entered USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California, in 1981.
Operations officer and project test pilot for the Advanced Fighter Technology Integration F-16 aircraft, 1982-1985.
Attended the Air Command and Staff
College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 1985-1986.
Selected as an astronaut in June 1987.
Mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on Department of Defense mission STS-39 in April 1991. Crew deployed, operated, and retrieved a remotely-controlled spacecraft and conducted several science experiments including research on both natural and induced phenomena in the Earth's atmosphere.
Pilot on STS-54 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavor in January 1993. Deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, and collected information about celestial x-rays using a Diffuse X-Ray Spectrometer.
Commander of STS-66 Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science-3 (ATLAS-3) aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in November 1994.
In January 1996, assigned to establish a new Extra-Vehicular Activity Project Office responsible for managing all NASA resources associated with space suits and tools used to conduct space walks in support of Space Shuttle and International Space Station operations.
On August 15, 1997, became Manager of Launch Integration at the Kennedy Space Center, in which capacity he is responsible for final Shuttle preparation, launch execution, and return of the orbiter to Kennedy following landings at any other location. As chair of the Mission Management Team he was the final authority for launch decision.
After retiring as a Colonel from the Air Force in June of 1998, he completed his government service with NASA in January of 2000 and went on to work for Pratt & Whitney's Space Propulsion business unit.
Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force Academy
Honors and Awards
Air Force Commendation Medal (3)
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