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Paul Joseph Weitz

[whIts] Skylab and Space Shuttle astronaut

NASA photo of Paul J. Weitz

Biographical Data

Born July 25, 1932, in Erie, Pennsylvania

Married Suzanne M. Berry
Children 1 son, 1 daughter


High School Harborcreek (Pennsylvania) High School
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Pennsylvania State University, 1954
Master's in Aeronautical Engineering U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, 1964

Military Career

Received his commission as an ensign through the NROTC program at Pennsylvania State University.

Served one year at sea aboard a destroyer.

Awarded his wings in September 1956.

NASA Career

Selected as an astronaut in 1966.

Pilot on Skylab II mission, May 25-June 22, 1973. During this mission he logged 2 hours and 11 minutes in extravehicular activities, a new record.

Spacecraft commander on STS-6, the maiden voyage of the Orbiter Challenger, April 4-9, 1983.

Served as Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center until he retired from NASA in May 1994.


fellow, American Astronautical Association

Awards and Recognitions

NASA Distinguished Service Medal
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Astronaut Wings
five Air Medals
Commendation Medal (for combat flights in Vietnam)
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Kitty Hawk Award (1973)
Robert J. Collier Trophy for 1973 (1974)
Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award
Pennsylvania State University Alumni Fellow (1974)
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award for 1974
Federation Aeronautique Internationale's V.M. Komarov Diploma for 1973 (1974)
Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy for 1975
1974 Harmon International Aviation Trophy for Astronauts (1975)
NASA Space Flight Medal (1983)
1984 Harmon International Award (1989)

Astronaut Biographies

Skylab II

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