Kenneth Reightler Jr.

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Date of Birth March 24, 1951
Place of Birth Maryland
Age 69 years old
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Kenneth Stanley Reightler Jr. is a former NASA astronaut.

Nationality: American
Status: Retired
Born: Kenneth Stanley Reightler Jr, Mar 24, 1951, Patuxent River, Maryland, U.S.
Other occupation: Naval aviator, test pilot
Alma mater: USNA, B.S. 1973, NPS, M.S. 1984, USC, M.S. 1984
Rank: Captain, USN
Time in space: 13d 15h 36m
Selection: 1987 NASA Group 12
Missions: STS-48, STS-60

About Kenneth Reightler Jr.

Piloted the first Space Shuttle flight in support of "Mission to Planet Earth."

Before Fame

He attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and the University of Southern California.


He was selected as Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2012.

Family Life

He married Maureen McHenry and had two daughters.


He was a technical advisor for the film "Apollo 13" starring Tom Hanks.

Information related to Kenneth S. Reightler Jr.

  • Lockheed Martin people
  • United States Naval Academy faculty
  • Recipients of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal
  • United States Navy astronauts
  • United States Naval Test Pilot School alumni
  • USC Viterbi School of Engineering alumni
  • Naval Postgraduate School alumni
  • American astronauts
  • Eagle Scouts
  • United States Naval Aviators
  • American chief operating officers
  • Recipients of the Defense Superior Service Medal
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Latest information about Kenneth Reightler Jr. updated on December 01, 2020.

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