Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
He is a graduate of the Aerospace Research Pilot School, Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was one of the third group of astronauts assigned to the USAF planned Orbiting Laboratory Program.
He has logged over 5,300 hours flying time, including more than 5,000 hours in jet aircraft.
Peterson retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of colonel after having completed more than 24 years of active service, but continued his assignment as a NASA astronaut in a civilian capacity. His areas of responsibility have included engineering support, man/machine interface, and safety assessment.
Peterson was a mission specialist on STS-6, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 4, 1983. He was accompanied by Mr. Paul J . Weitz (spacecraft commander), Col. Karol J . Bobko (pilot), and Dr. F. Story Musgrave (mission specialist). During this maiden voyage of the spacecraft Challenger, the STS-6 crew conducted numerous experiments in materials processing, recorded lightning activities, deployed IUS- TDRS-A, and activated three Getaway Specials. Peterson and Musgrave conducted an extravehicular activity (EVA) to test the new suit and construction and repair devices and procedures. After 120 hours of orbital operations STS-6 landed on the concrete runway at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on April 9, 1983.
With the completion of this flight, Don Peterson has logged 4 hours 15 minutes in extravehicular activity, and a total of 120 hours in space.
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