National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Robert Allan Ridley Parker (Ph.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born in New York City on December 14, 1936, but grew up in
- Gray hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 10 inches; weight:
- Attended primary and secondary schools in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts;
received a bachelor of arts degree in Astronomy and Physics from Amherst
College in 1958, and a doctorate in Astronomy from the California Institute of
Technology in 1962.
- Married to the former Judy Woodruff of San Marino, California.
- Mark Woodruff, December 5, 1957; Jennifer Woodruff, November 4, 1958;
Jon Woodruff, February 1, 1962; Kimberly Ellen Parker, February 7, 1962; Brian
David Capers Parker, March 8, 1964; and five grandchildren.
- Member of the American Astronomical Society, and the
International Astronomical Union.
- Awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
(1973), and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (1974).
- Prior to his selection for astronaut training, Dr. Parker was an
associate professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin.
He has logged over 3,500 hours flying time in jet aircraft, and 463 hours in
- Dr. Parker was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in
August 1967. He was a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 15
and 17 missions and served as Program Scientist for the Skylab Program
Director's Office during the three manned Skylab flights. From March 1988 to
March 1989, Dr. Parker was stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
where he served as Director of the Space Flight/Space Station Integration
Office. A veteran of two Spacelab missions, Dr. Parker was a mission
specialist on STS-9/Spacelab-1 (Nov 28 to Dec 8, 1983) and, recently, on STS-35
(Dec 2-10, 1990) which featured the ASTRO-1 ultraviolet astronomy laboratory.
Dr. Parker is currently the Director of Policy and Plans for the Office of
Space Flight at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C.
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