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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: David R. Scott (Col., USAF, Ret.)NASA Astronaut
NASA Astronaut

Born June 6, 1932, San Antonio, Texas. His father, Brigadier General (USAF, Ret.), and his mother, Mrs. Tom W. Scott reside in La Jolla, California.


Received a BS from the US Military Academy in 1954, standing fifth in a class of 633; received a MS and an Engineering degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT in 1962; was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Astronautical Science from the University of Michigan in 1971; and has graduated from the Air Force Experimental Test Pilot School and Aerospace Research Pilot School.

Married to the former Ann Lurton Ott of San Antonio, Texas and the couple and their two children reside in Lancaster, California.



Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Fellow of the American Astronautical society, an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and a member of the Royal Aeronautical society, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi and Sigma Gamma Tau. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Flight Safety Foundation, Inc.

Three NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Force Association's David C. Schilling Trophy (1971), the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Medal (1971), and the United Nations Peace Medal (1971).

Scott is President of Scott Science and Technology, Inc., an advanced technology company specializing in research and development and project management. These activities include the application of concepts, technology and scientific and engineering expertise to products, operations and management in business and industry. Dr. Scott was formally the director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards, California. In this capacity, he was responsible for all operational and institutional activities at NASA's premiere aeronautical flight research facility.

As a NASA astronaut, Scott flew on Gemini 8, Apollo 9 and was Spacecraft Commander on Apollo 15. He has logged 546 hours and 54 minutes in space, of which 20 hours and 46 minutes were in extravehicular activity. In 1972 Scott was named as Technical Assistant to the Apollo Program Manager at Johnson Space Center. Prior to coming to the Dryden Flight Research Center, he was Special Assistant for Mission Operations for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in March 1975 with the rank of Colonel and over 5600 hours of flying time. On the Gemini VIII mission in 1966, Scott and Command Pilot Neil Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. As Command Module Pilot for Apollo 9 in 1969, Scott was instrumental in completing the first comprehensive Earth orbital qualification and verification test of a fully configured Apollo spacecraft. In 1971 Scott commanded Apollo 15 which was the first extended scientific exploration of the Moon, doubling the lunar stay time of previous flights and utilizing the first Lunar Roving Vehicle to explore the Hadley Rille and the Apennine Mountains.


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