Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Thomas Dale


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Personal data

Birthdate:  20.05.1951
Birthplace:  St. Louis / Missouri
Marital status:  married
Children:  two
Selection date:  05.06.1987
Selection group:  NASA-12
Position:  MSP
Status:  Ret. 01.08.1997


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  STS-41  MSP  06.10. - 10.10.1990 4d 02h 10m 
2  STS-49  MSP  08.05. - 16.05.1992 8d 21h 17m 
3  STS-61  MSP  02.12. - 13.12.1993 10d 19h 58m 
4  STS-79  MSP  16.09. - 26.09.1996 10d 03h 18m 
Total  33d 22h 43m 

Additional information

Bachelor and Master of science in applied mathematics from University of Missouri-Rolla in 1973 and 1975 respectively; honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the same University, 1992; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; USAF test pilot school class 82B; flight-test engineer at Eglin AFB; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 11; recreational interests include hunting, fishing, restoring automobiles and spending time with his family; resigned from NASA on 01.08.1997; until 1999 he was Commander of USAF ROTC Detachment 442 at University of Missouri-Rolla.


Last update on May 16, 2016.