Gerald P. Carr is a former astronaut.
He was born in Denver, Colorado, on August 22,1932. He grew up in Santa Ana,
which he considers his hometown.
Carr graduated from Santa Ana High School. He went to the
University of Southern California where he received a Bachelor of Engineering
degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. Next, he went to the U.S Navel
Postgraduate School where he received a Bachelor of Science Aeronautic
Engineering 1961. Then, he received a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical
Engineering from Princeton University in 1962. In 1976, he was given an Honorary
Doctorate of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, from Parks College of Saint Lois
University, Cahokia, Illinois.
Carr was informed of NASA of his selection for
astronaut training. He was appointed to test directors’ section of Marine Air
Control Three. This unit was responsible for the testing and evaluation.
April 1966, NASA selected 19 astronauts. Colonel Carr was among them. He was a
member of the astronaut support crews and as CAPCOM for the Apollo 8 and 12
flights. He also was involved in the development and testing of the lunar roving
vehicle. This vehicle was used on the moon’s surface.
Carr was commander of Skylab 4, which launched
November 19, 1973. The mission concluded February 8, 1974. This was one of
the longest manned flights in the history of manned space exploration. It
lasted 84 days 1 hour 15 minutes. Carr and the rest of the crew completed 56 experiments, 26 science demonstrations, 15
subsystem-detailed objectives, and 13 student investigations during their 1,214
revolutions of the earth.
In mid-1977, Carr was placed head of the design support group, responsible for
giving crew support to space transportation system design, simulations, testing,
and safety assessment, and for
development of man/machine interface requirement.
Gerald P. Carr is now retired from NASA. During his career, he logged more
than 8,000 flying hours.
The National Defense Service Medal
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal
Letter of Commendation from the Commander of
Carrier Mission II
He received the NASA Group Achievement Award, 1971
NASA Distinguished Service
Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Navy
Astronaut Wings 1974
City of Chicago Gold Medal, 1974
University of Southern California Alumni Merit
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Eagle Scout
Robert J. Collier Trophy in 1974
City of New
York Gold Medal, 1974
Aviation Association Exceptional Achievement Award 1974
Dr. Robert H. Goddard
Memorial Trophy, 1975
Federation Aeronautique International's Gold
De La Vaulx Medal, and V.M. Kamarove Diploma
Inducted in the Astronaut Hall of Fame, 1997.
AIAA Haley Astronautics Award for 1974
American Astronautical Society’s 1975 Flight