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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Anthony W. England (Ph.D.)
NASA Astronaut

Born May 15, 1942, in Indianapolis, Indiana, but his hometown is West Fargo, North Dakota. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman U. England, reside in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 10 inches; weight: 170 pounds.

Attended primary school in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from high school in North Dakota; received bachelor and master of science degrees in Geology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1965, and a doctor of philosophy in Geophysics from MIT in 1970.

Married to the former Kathleen Ann Kreutz, the daughter of Mr. Howard B. Kreutz of Perham, Minnesota.

Heidi Lynd, November 5, 1968; Heather Anne, May 15, 1970.

Enjoys sailing and amateur radio.

Member of the American Geophysical Union, the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Sigma Xi.

Presented the Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award (1970). Awarded a NASA Outstanding Scientific Achievement Medal (1973), the U.S. Antarctic Medal (1979), the NASA Space Flight Medal (1985), and the American Astronomical Society Space Flight Award (1986).

He was a graduate fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the three years immediately preceding his assignment to NASA. He performed heat flow measurements throughout the southwest; took part in geomagnetic studies in Montana; performed radar sounding studies of glaciers in Washington State and Alaska; performed microwave airborne research in geothermal areas of the Western United States; and participated in and led field parties during two seasons in Antarctica. He was Deputy Chief of the Office of Geochemistry and Geophysics for the U.S. Geological Survey, and was Associated Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research. He served on the National Academy's Earth Science Panel of the Space Science Board, and on several Federal Committees concerned with Antarctic policy, nuclear waste containment, and Federal Science and Technology.

He has logged over 3,000 hours of flying time.

Dr. England was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in August 1967. He subsequently completed the initial academic training and a 53-week course in flight training at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, and served as a support crewman for the Apollo 13 and 16 flights.

From August 1972 to June 1979, England was a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 1979 he returned to the Johnson Space Center, as a senior scientist-astronaut (mission specialist), was assigned to the operation mission development group of the astronaut office, and eventually managed that group.

Dr. England was a mission specialist on the Spacelab-2 mission (STS 51-F), which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on July 29, 1985. He was accompanied by Col. Charles G. Fullerton (spacecraft commander), Col. Roy D. Bridges (pilot), fellow mission specialists, Drs. Karl G. Henize, and F. Story Musgrave, as well as two payload specialists, Drs. Loren Acton, and John-David Bartoe. This mission was the first pallet-only Spacelab mission and the first mission to operate the Spacelab Instrument Pointing System (IPS). It carried 13 major experiments of which seven were in the field of astronomy and solar physics, three were for studies of the Earth's ionosphere, two were life science experiments, and one studied the properties of superfluid helium. During the mission Dr. England was responsible for activating and operating the Spacelab systems, operating the Instrument Pointing System (IPS), and the Remote Manipulator System (RMS), assisting with experiment operations, and performing a contingency EVA had one been necessary. After 126 orbits of the earth, STS 51-F Challenger landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on August 6,1985. With the completion of this flight England has logged 188 hours in space.

Dr. England was Program Scientist for Space Station from May 1986 through May 1987. From June 1987 through December 1987, he taught Remote Sensing Geophysics at Rice University.

Dr. England is a member of the Astronaut Office Science Support Group while awaiting another flight assignment.


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