Joseph Kerwin

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Date of Birth February 19, 1932
Place of Birth Illinois
Age 88 years old
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Joseph P. Kerwin

Joseph Peter Kerwin, is an American physician and former NASA astronaut, who served as Science Pilot for the Skylab 2 mission from May 25–June 22, 1973. He was the first physician to be selected for astronaut training.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Born: February 19, 1932, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Other names: Joseph Peter Kerwin
Other occupation: Medical Doctor
Alma mater: Holy Cross, B.A. 1953, Northwestern University, M.D. 1957
Rank: Captain, USN
Time in space: 28d 00h 50m
Selection: 1965 NASA Group 4
Total EVAs: 1
Total EVA time: 3 hours 23 minutes
Missions: Skylab 2
Retirement: March 31, 1987
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About Joseph Kerwin

The first physician to be selected for astronaut training. He later was the director of Space and Life Sciences at Johnson Space Center.

Before Fame

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a naval flight surgeon.


He went on one Skylab mission and served as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) for Apollo 13.

Family Life

He married and had three children.


He studied medicine at Northwestern University, where actor Zach Braff went to school.

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