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Encyclopedia > George Nelson (astronaut)
George Driver "Pinky" Nelson
George Nelson (astronaut)
Astronaut
Nationality American
Born July 13, 1950
Charles City, Iowa
Other occupation Physicist
Space time 17d 02h 43m
Selection 1978 NASA Group
Missions STS-41-C, STS-61-C, STS-26
Mission
insignia

George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born July 13, 1950) is a former NASA astronaut. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Charles City is a city in Floyd County, Iowa, United States. ... Not to be confused with physician, a person who practices medicine. ... 1958 1959 1960 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1976 1978 1979 1980 1982 1984 1985 1987 1990 1992 1994 1995 1996 1997 2000 2003 2004 1958 June 25 - Man In Space Soonest - USA The first group of American astronaut candidates were selected... STS-41-C was the 11th Space Shuttle mission and the fifth for Challenger. ... // Crew (total flights to date in parentheses) Robert L. Gibson,(2) Commander Charles F. Bolden, (1) Pilot Franklin Chang-Diaz (1) Mission Specialist Steven A. Hawley, (2) Mission Specialist George D. Nelson, (2) Mission Specialist Robert Cenker (RCA Electronics), (1) Payload Specialist Rep. ... STS-26 was a space shuttle mission by NASA using the Space Shuttle Discovery. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 583 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2333 × 2397 pixel, file size: 9. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixels, file size: 703 KB, MIME type: image/png) STS-61-c mission patch File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 600 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 800 pixels, file size: 497 KB, MIME type: image/png) Quelle: Nasa http://science. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the American space agency. ... Astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit outside the U.S. Space Shuttle Challenger in 1984. ...


Nelson was born in Charles City, Iowa, but considers Willmar, Minnesota, to be his hometown. His wife Susie is from Alhambra, California. They have two daughters. Nelson enjoys playing golf, reading, swimming, running, and music. Charles City is a city in Floyd County, Iowa, United States. ... Willmar is a city located in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. ... Location of Alhambra within Los Angeles County, California. ...

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Education

Nelson graduated from Willmar Senior High School, Willmar, Minnesota, in 1968. He received a B.S. degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1972 and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in 1974 and 1978, respectively. B.S. redirects here. ... A magnet levitating above a high-temperature superconductor demonstrates the Meissner effect. ... Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective, private college of science, engineering, and mathematics, located in Claremont, California. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated Ph. ... For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ... The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. ...


Special honors

NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 3 NASA Space Flight Medals, AIAA Haley Space Flight Award, Federation Aeronautique Internationale's V. M. Komarov Diploma. The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the scholarly society for the field of aerospace engineering. ...


Research

Dr. Nelson performed astronomical research at the Sacramento Peak Solar Observatory, Sunspot, New Mexico; the Astronomical Institute at Utrecht (Utrecht, the Netherlands) and the University of Göttingen Observatory, (Göttingen, West Germany), and at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (Boulder, Colorado). Sacramento redirects here. ... Sunspot is an area in the Sacramento Mountains in Otero County, New Mexico, 18 miles south of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. ... Utrecht ( (help· info)) is a municipality and the capital city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. ... The Georg-August University of Göttingen (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, often called the Georgia Augusta) was founded in 1734 by George II, King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover, and opened in 1737. ... Göttingen marketplace with old city hall, Gänseliesel fountain and pedestrian zone Göttingen ( ) is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany. ... The Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) is one of the leading physical science research institutes in the United States. ... The City of Boulder ( , Mountain Time Zone) is a home rule municipality located in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. ...


NASA career

 George was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978. He flew as a scientific equipment operator in the WB 57-F earth resources aircraft and served as the Astronaut Office representative in the Space Shuttle Extravehicular Mobility Unit (space suit) development effort. During STS-1 he was the photographer in the prime chase plane. He also served as support crewman and CAPCOM for the last two OFT flights, STS-3 and STS-4, and as head of the Astronaut Office Mission Development Group. A veteran of three space flights, Nelson served aboard STS-41-C in 1984, STS-61C in 1986 and STS-26 in 1988. He has logged a total of 411 hours in space, including 10 hours of EVA flight time. 

Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... STS-1 is also an abbreviation for Synchronous Transport Signal (level)-1 in the SONET hierarchy. ... During much of the U.S. manned space program, NASA felt it was important for all communication with the astronauts in space to pass through a single individual in the Mission Control Center. ... STS-3 was the third space shuttle mission, and was the third mission for the Space Shuttle Columbia. ... STS-4 was a space shuttle mission by NASA using the Space Shuttle Columbia, launched June 27, 1982. ... STS-41-C was the 11th Space Shuttle mission and the fifth for Challenger. ... This article is about the year. ... Crew Robert L. Gibson,(2) Commander Charles F. Bolden, (1) Pilot Franklin Chang-Diaz (1) Mission Specialist Steven A. Hawley, (2) Mission Specialist George D. Nelson, (2) Mission Specialist Robert Cenker (RCA Electronics), (1) Payload Specialist Rep. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... STS-26 was a space shuttle mission by NASA using the Space Shuttle Discovery. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ...

STS-41C Challenger

This was a seven-day (April 6April 13, 1984) mission during which the crew successfully deployed the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF), retrieved the ailing Solar Maximum satellite, repaired it on-board the Orbiter, and replaced it in orbit. The mission also included flight testing of Manned Maneuvering Units (MMUs) in two extravehicular activities (EVAs), and operation of the Cinema 360 and IMAX Camera Systems. is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... NASAs Long Duration Exposure Facility, a school-bus sized cylindrical space experiment rack, exposed various material samples to outer space for about 5. ... Solar maximum or solar max is the period of greatest solar activity in the solar cycle of the sun. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex, Australia BFI London IMAX by night IMAX dome in Guayaquil, Ecuador IMAX Theater in SM Mall of Asia, Philippines IMAX (short for Image Maximum) is a film format created by Canadas IMAX Corporation that has the capacity to display images of far...


STS-61C Columbia

This mission, from January 12January 18, 1986, launched from the Kennedy Space Center and returned to a night landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California. During the six-day flight, the crew deployed the SATCOM KU satellite and conducted experiments in astrophysics and materials processing. is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Merritt Island and Kennedy Space Center (shown in white). ... Edwards Air Force Base (IATA: EDW, ICAO: KEDW) is a United States Air Force airbase located on the border of Kern County and Los Angeles County, California in the Antelope Valley, 7 miles (11 km) due east of Rosamond. ... SATCOM or Satcom may refer to the following: SATCOM or Satellite communication is used in some airliners such as the 747. ...


STS-26 Discovery

This mission (September 29October 3, 1988) was the first flown after the Challenger accident. During the four-day flight, the crew successfully deployed the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-C) and operated eleven mid-deck science experiments. is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Space Shuttle Challenger (NASA Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-099) was NASAs second Space Shuttle orbiter to be put into service, Columbia being the first. ...


Post-NASA

Nelson left NASA in 1989 and now directs the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education program at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Western Washington University (also referred to as WWU or Western) is one of six state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the U.S. state of Washington. ... Bellingham, Washington is the county seat of Whatcom County in the U.S. state of Washington. ...


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George Nelson (astronaut) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (450 words)
Nelson graduated from Willmar Senior High School, Willmar, Minnesota, in 1968; received a B.S. degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 1972 and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in 1974 and 1978, respectively.
Nelson performed astronomical research at the Sacramento Peak Solar Observatory, Sunspot, New Mexico; the Astronomical Institute at Utrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands) and the University of Göttingen Observatory, (Göttingen, West Germany), and at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (Boulder, Colorado).
Nelson was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in January 1978.
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