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USC Astronauts   –   Trojans in Space

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USC History:  Enemy Amongst Trojans. A Spy at USC

USC Astronautics Program:  Acta Astronautica, v. 103, 92-105, 2014 (pdf)  and  IAC-18-E1.4.11, 2018 (pdf)

Spaceflight History:   Socks for the First Cosmonaut of Planet Earth

USC Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering (MS ASTE)

MS ASTE update    ms aste newsletter

Sputnik    Explorer    Vanguard    Astronautics    Missile defense    Baikonur Tyuratam    Saryshagan    Rocket equation    Rocket espionage    U-2

rocket science stuff

(alphabetical order)

astronaut Armstrong

Neil A. Armstrong (1930-2012)

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from USC

Gemini 8 (1966)
Apollo 11 (1969)

On a historical note, the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, was among most renowned USC aerospace graduates of those times. He had studied part time while being stationed at the Edwards Air Force Base in California as a test pilot [10]. Armstrong had completed all required coursework, except the seminar, towards Master's degree when he joined NASA in early 1960s and transferred to Houston in Texas. In January 1970, Armstrong gave a one hour seminar on the technical aspects of landing Apollo's lunar module Eagle on the surface of the Moon in 1969 and received – immediately after the seminar – his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from USC.

from Acta Astronautica, 2014 (p.94)

astronaut Bassett

Charles A. Bassett, II (1931-1966)

graduate work (no degree) at USC

scheduled to fly on Gemini 9 (1966)
died in the crash of a T-38 jet

astronaut Bobko

Karol J. Bobko (b.1937)

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from USC in 1970

STS-6 Challenger (1983)
STS-51D Discovery (1985)
STS-51J Atlantis (1985)

astronaut Bolden

Charles F. Bolden (b. 1946)

Master of Science in System Management from USC in 1977

STS-61C Columbia (1986)
STS-31 Discovery (1990)
STS-45 Atlantis (1992)
STS-60 Discovery (1994)

astronaut Carr

Gerald P. Carr (b. 1932)

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from USC (Navy ROTC) in 1954

Skylab-4 (1973-1974)

astronaut Currie

Nancy J. Currie (b. 1958)

Master of Science in Safety Engineering from USC in 1985

STS-57 Endeavour (1993)
STS-70 Discovery (1995)
STS-88 Endeavour (1998)
STS-109 Columbia (2002)

astronaut Duffy

Brian Duffy (b. 1953)

Master of Science in Systems Management from USC in 1981

STS-45 Atlantis (1992)
STS-57 Endeavour (1993)
STS-72 Endeavour (1996)
STS-92 (2000)

astronaut Linenger

J. M. Linenger (b. 1955)

Master of Science in Systems Management from USC in 1988

STS-64 Discovery (1966)
launched STS-81 Atlantis, 4-month stay on-board Mir, return STS-84 Atlantis (1997)

astronaut Lovell

James A. Lovell (b. 1928)

Aviation Safety School (non-degree) at USC in 1961

Gemini 7 (1965)
Gemini 12 (1966)
Apollo 8 (1968)
Apollo 13 (1970)

astronaut Noriega

Carlos I. Noriega (b. 1959)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from USC (Navy ROTC) in 1981

STS-84 Atlantis (1997)
STS-97 Endeavour (2000)

astronaut Reightler

Kenneth S. Reightler, Jr. (b. 1951)

Master of Science in Systems Management from USC

STS-48 Discovery (1991)
STS-60 Discovery (1994)

astronaut Thuot

Pierre J. Thuot (b. 1955)

Master of Science in Systems Management from USC in 1985

STS-36 Atlantis (1990)
STS-49 Endeavour (1992)
STS-62 Columbia (1994)

geo orbit    Educational video clips – common satellite orbits

Global Positioning System GPS constellation; geostationary GEO orbit; orbit circularization by atmospheric drag; Molniya orbit; regression of nodes; prograde, retrograde, and sun-synchronous orbits; rotation of apsides; Molniya communication relay; effect of solar radiation pressure


Recommended science and engineering books on astronautics, rocketry, and space technology


Recommended missile defense books


Recommended books on history of astronautics, rocketry, and space

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