Joseph Allen

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Birthday
27, 1937
Birthplace
Indiana
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
27, 1937 (age 82)
Birthplace
Indiana

About

This NASA astronaut and scientist was involved in the missions surrounding the Space Shuttle Columbia's fifth flight (STS-5) and the Space Shuttle Discovery's second flight (STS-51-A). In addition, during the mid-1970s, he was NASA's Washington, D.C.-based Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs.

Before Fame

After earning his bachelor's degree in Physics and Mathematics from DePauw University, he received an M.S. and a PhD in Physics from Yale University and went on to become a researcher at the University of Washington's Nuclear Physics Laboratory. He began working for NASA in late 1967.

Trivia

Portrayed by actor Doug McKeon, Allen was featured in a miniseries titled From the Earth to the Moon.

Family Life

He grew up in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He and his wife Bonnie Jo Darling welcomed a son named David in 1968 and a daughter named Elizabeth in 1972.

Associated With

He and fellow astronaut Dale Gardner were both on the crew of NASA's STS 51-A mission.