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Former Astronaut Joe Allen '59 to Appear at Tennessee Air Show

Former Astronaut Joe Allen '59 to Appear at Tennessee Air Show

June 19, 2003

June 19, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Joseph P. Allen IV, Ph.D., a former astronaut, chairman of the board of directors of Veridian Corporation, and a 1959 graduate of DePauw University, will appear at the "Centennial of Flight" air show in Tullahoma, Tennessee this weekend, the Tullahoma News reports. Dr. Allen will meet with children and sign photos in a program called "Stepping Stones to Aviation," the article says, noting that "Dr. Allen holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics from DePauw University. He is the author of Entering Space: An Astronaut's Odyssey, a personal account of the space flight experience, and he has published widely in the fields of physics and space research."

Allen, who flew as a mission specialist on two space shuttle flights, and served as a mission controller for Apollo 15 and 17 and for the first test flight of the space shuttle, tells the newspaper, "I am very excited about the opportunity to join the children of Tullahoma as they experience the thrill of aviation first hand at Stepping Stones to Aviation. Like the Sally Ride Festivals we sponsor throughout the year, which focus on supporting girls' interest in math, science and technology, Stepping Stones is a perfect opportunity for us to get involved with the kids at their level and get them enthused about science and flight. It gives us great pleasure to be involved with this venue dedicated to educating children in this important area, especially with the centennial of flight upon us."

During his NASA career, Allen also served as assistant administrator of the agency from 1975-1978 and as director of astronaut training and operations in the early 1980s. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Allen has received numerous awards, including the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Wilber Cross Medal from Yale University and the Lloyd's of London Silver Medal for Meritorious Services.

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