National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Sherwood C. (Woody) Spring (Colonel, USA)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born September 3, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut, but
considers Harmony, Rhode Island, to be his hometown. His parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Edward C. Spring, reside in Stuart, Florida.
- Light brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 7 inches;
weight: 140 pounds.
- Graduated from Ponaganset High School, Chepachet, Rhode Island, in
1963; received a bachelor of science degree in General Engineering from the
United States Military Academy in 1967 and a master of science degree in
Aerospace Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1974. Graduated from
the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1976.
- Married to the former Collette D. Cooper of Tucson, Arizona.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Cooper, reside in Tucson.
- Sarah Elizabeth, July 18, 1981; Justin Edward, March 11, 1984.
- He enjoys flying, scuba diving, running, skiing, and
- Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the United
States Army Association; and lifetime member of the Association of Graduates of
the United States Military Academy.
- 1 Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Army Bronze Stars, 1 Army
Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Army Commendations, 9 Army Air Medals, a Vietnam
Cross of Gallantry with Palm, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service
Medals, and NASA Space Flight Medal. Recipient, in 1986, of two honorary
doctorate degrees; Doctor of Science, and Doctor of Humane Letters.
- After graduation from West Point in 1967, Spring spent an
additional year attending various military schools including microwave and
radio communications, airborne and ranger training. Then he served two tours
of duty in Vietnam. The first was from 1968 to 1969 with the 101st Airborne
Division. The second tour, 1970-1971, came immediately after flight school and
was served as a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division. Upon return, he
received fixed wing training en route to a master's degree program with the
University of Arizona in 1974. After a short tour at Edwards Air Force Base,
California, as a flight test engineer, he attended the Navy Test Pilot School
at Patuxent River, Maryland. He then returned to the Army's Flight Test
Facility at Edwards AFB to complete 4 years as an experimental test pilot. He
was serving as operations officer for the 19th Aviation Battalion in Korea,
when advised of his selection by NASA.
He has military and civilian experience in 25 types of airplanes and
helicopters and has logged more than 3,500 hours flying time -- including over
1,500 hours in jet aircraft.
- Spring was selected as an astronaut in May 1980. His
technical assignments have included software verification at the Shuttle
Avionics Integration Laboratory and Flight Simulation Laboratory; vehicle and
satellite integration at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for STS-5, 6, 7, 8,
and 9; Astronaut Office EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) expert; and Space
Station construction, EVA maintenance, and design..
Spring served as a mission specialist on STS 61-B which flew November 26 thru
December 3, 1985. During that mission he was responsible for launching three
communication satellites and performed two space walks or Extravehicular
Activities (EVA's). The EVA's, which totaled more than 12 hours, investigated
Space Station construction techniques, large structure manipulation while on
the end of the remote arm, and a time and motion study for comparison between
Earth training and Space performance.
With the completion of this flight he logged a total of 165 hours in space.
Currently Director, U.S. Army Space Program Office, Fairfax, Virginia.
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