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Born: March 7, 1936 in Lewiston, Montana
Loren W. Acton (Ph.D.)
PERSONAL DATA: Born March 7, 1936, in Lewiston,
Montana. Married. Two children.
EDUCATION: Received a bachelor of science degree
from Montana State University in 1959, and a doctor of philosophy from the
University of Colorado in 1965.
ORGANIZATIONS: American Astronomical Society,
International Astronomical Union, Sigma Chi, Astronomical Society of the
Pacific, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Tau Beta
EXPERIENCE: Dr. Acton is the senior staff
scientist with the Space Sciences Laboratory, Lockheed Palo Alto Research
Laboratory, California. As a research scientist, his principle duties included
conducting scientific studies of the Sun and other celestial objects using
advanced space instruments and serving as a co-investigator on one of the
Spacelab 2 solar experiments, the Solar Optical Universal Polarimeter. In 1985,
he was a payload specialist on STS-51F/ Spacelab-2. At mission conclusion, Dr.
Acton had traveled over 2.8 million miles in 126 Earth orbits, logging over 190
hours in space.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-51F/Spacelab-2 Challenger (July 29 to August 6, 1985) was launched from
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base,
California. STS-51F was the first pallet-only Spacelab mission, and the first
mission to operate the Spacelab Instrument Pointing System (IPS). It carried 13
major experiments in astronomy, astrophysics, and life sciences. Mission
duration was 7 days, 22 hours, 45 minutes and 26.
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