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Robert A. Parker

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Robert Allan Ridley Parker (born December 14, 1936) is an American physicist and astronomer, former director of the NASA Management Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and a retired NASA astronaut. He was a mission specialist on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-9 and STS-35. He has logged over 3,500 hours flying time in jet aircraft and 463 hours in space. Biography Early life Parker was born December 14, 1936, in New York City, but grew up in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He attended primary and secondary schools in Shrewsbury. He received a BA in astronomy and physics from Amherst College in 1958 and a PhD in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1962. His doctoral dissertation, The physical conditions pertaining to some possible supernova remnants, was supervised by Guido Münch. Prior to his selection for astronaut training, Parker was an associate professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. NASA c
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