Portrait of Joe Engle
Joe Engle is an American astronaut who was born on August 26, 1932, in
Before he became an astronaut, Joe Engle was an Air Force pilot. He has
flown over 11,600 hours in 140 types of aircraft.
Joe Engle became an astronaut in 1966. He has spent over 224 hours in
space on 2 spaceflights.
In 1981, Engle made his first spaceflight as pilot of STS-2. The crew
tested out the newly designed space shuttle Columbia. They proved that
the Shuttle could be reflown. In 1985, Engle commanded Mission 51-I.
During this mission, the crew put two satellites into space.
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