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Joe Allen '59 Enters US Astronaut Hall of Fame

Joe Allen '59 Enters US Astronaut Hall of Fame

May 1, 2005

May 1, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Joseph Allen, 67, who used [a] jetpack... in 1984 to grab a pair of stranded satellites for salvaging," was inducted yesterday into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Besides Dr. Allen, a 1959 graduate of DePauw University, the Hall welcomed two other new members: Bruce McCandless, the first person to freely spacewalk without a tether; and Gordon Fullerton, one of the Space Shuttle's first test pilots and mission commanders.

An Associated Press account of the event notes, "The crowd included 18 astronauts already enshrined in the Hall of Fame, three of them moonwalkers." Nine of Allen's DePauw classmates were also in attendance and the University was a co-sponsor of the ceremony. Read more by clicking here.

Joe Allen, a member of DePauw University's Board of Trustees, 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. 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. Today, he is chairman of the board of Veridian Corporation and on the not-for-profit Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

Joe Allen's father, Joseph Percival "Perk" Allen III '30, was a member of DePauw's economics faculty from 1957 until his retirement in 1975.

Read more in this previous story, and access a biography of Dr. Allen at the Astronaut Hall of Fame Web site.