Gary Payton Astronaut

Gary payton

Colonel Gary Eugene Payton, USAF, (born 20 June 1948) is a former American astronaut. Payton graduated from high school in Rock Island, Illinois, in 1966. He went on to attended Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois. After one year at Bradley, he entered the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in astronautical engineering in 1971. He continued with his graduate education at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, earning a Master of Science degree in astronautical and aeronautical engineering in 1972. He graduated from pilot training at Craig AFB, in Alabama in 1973. Payton served as a Spacecraft Test Controller from 1976 to 1980, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida. He was selected for the USAF Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program in February 1980. Payton flew on the STS-51-C mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in January 1985 which launched from and returned to land at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. STS-51C was the first dedicated Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission. Payton traveled over 1.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 20th, 1948
Nationality
United States of America

Education

1. United States Air Force Academy Colleges/University

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA or Air Force) is a military school for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and most are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.

Endowment
2012. 35.2 mil. $
2010. 23.7 mil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1954
Headquarters
2304 Cadet Drive, 80840 - Colorado Springs, Colorado
Undergraduates
2012. 4,120
2010. 4,619
2009. 4,634
Acceptance rate
2012. 9.9 %
2010. 11.0 %
Official web page www.usafa.edu
Wikipedia article
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Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended United States Air Force Academy connected by profession and/or age

b. 1952., Astronaut
b. 1944., Astronaut
b. 1952., Astronaut
b. 1943., Astronaut
b. 1945., Astronaut
b. 1952., Astronaut
b. 1952., Astronaut
b. 1951., Astronaut

2. Purdue University Colleges/University

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S., is the flagship university of the six-campus Purdue University system. Purdue was founded on May 6, 1869, as a land-grant university when the Indiana General Assembly, taking advantage of the Morrill Act, accepted a donation of land and money from Lafayette businessman John Purdue to establish a college of science, technology, and agriculture in his name. The first classes were held on September 16, 1874, with six instructors and 39 students. Today, Purdue enrolls the second largest student body of any university in Indiana as well as the second largest international student population of any public university in the United States.

Institution info

Type Public university
Endowment
2012. 1.86 bil. $
2010. 1.59 bil. $
Institution colors
Founded
May 6th, 1869
Headquarters
Hovde Hall, 47907 - West Lafayette, Indiana
Undergraduates
2012. 30,147
2010. 32,173
2009. 32,499
Postgraduates
2012. 8,163
2010. 8,890
2009. 8,552
Acceptance rate
2013. 61.3 %
2012. 68.0 %
2011. 68.3 %
2010. 68.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 9.99 K $
2011. 9.48 K $
2010. 9.07 K $
2009. 8.64 K $
2008. 7.75 K $
Official web page www.purdue.edu
Wikipedia article
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Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Purdue University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1948., Astronaut
b. 1943., Astronaut
b. 1943., Astronaut
b. 1944., Astronaut
b. 1946., Astronaut
b. 1951., Astronaut
b. 1948., Astronaut
b. 1948., Astronaut

3. Bradley University Colleges/University

Bradley University, founded in 1897, is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. It is a small institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,100 undergraduate and postgraduate students and a full-time faculty of approximately 350.

Institution info

Type Mixed-sex education
Endowment
2013. 272 mil. $
2010. 202 mil. $
Institution colors
Founded
1897
Headquarters
1501 W Bradley Ave, 61625 - Peoria, Illinois
Undergraduates
2012. 4,879
2010. 5,067
2009. 5,061
Postgraduates
2012. 579
2010. 746
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.0 %
2012. 63.3 %
2010. 70.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 30.5 K $
2010. 25.2 K $
Official web page www.bradley.edu
Wikipedia article
Social media

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Bradley University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1935., Astronaut
b. 1950., Politician
b. 1945., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1949., Announcer
b. 1944., Pastor
b. 1943., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1947., Politician
b. 1947., Basketball Center

Space missions

1. STS-51-C

Program

Space Shuttle program

Mission start

January 24th, 1985

Mission end

January 27th, 1985

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STS-51-C was the 15th flight of NASA's Space Shuttle program, and the third flight of Space Shuttle Discovery. It launched on January 24, 1985, and made the fourth shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on January 27. STS-51-C was the first shuttle mission to deploy a dedicated United States Department of Defense payload, and consequently many mission details remain classified.

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