1985 - Flies on Space Shuttle Mission 51-F as a civilian Navy payload specialist

As of May 1999, Dr.John-David Bartoewas Research Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He provided oversight for the Program Manager concerning the research capability, research hardware, and research plans of the ISS.


Prior to this position, Dr. Bartoe was Director of Operations and Utilization in the Space Station Office of NASA Headquarters from 1990 to 1994. He also served as Chief Scientist for the Space Station from 1987 to 1990. Before coming to NASA Headquarters, he flew on Space Shuttle Mission 51-F (July 29 to August 6, 1985) as a civilian Navy payload specialist. A physicist by training, Dr. Bartoe was co-investigator on two solar physics investigations aboard this mission, designated Spacelab 2, that were designed to study features of the sun's outer layers. In completing this flight, Dr. Bartoe traveled over 2.8 million miles in 126 Earth orbits and logged over 190 hours in space. From 1966 to 1988, Dr. Bartoe worked as an astrophysicist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and published over 60 papers in the field of solar physics observations and instrumentation. He received his B.S. in physics from Lehigh University (1966) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Georgetown University (1974 and 1976).


Dr. Bartoe is a member of the Association of Space Explorers, and is Chairman of the Space Station's Committee of the International Astronautical Federation. His awards include the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Flight Achievement Award of the American Astronautical Society, the NASA Space Flight Medal, and the NASA Skylab Achievement Award. Born November 17, 1944 in Abington, Pennsylvania, he is married to Donna June Bartoe, and has three children.

Friday, November 17, 1944
Abington, PA
B.S. Physics
Notable Achievement: 
Flew on Space Shuttle Mission 51-F, July 29 to August 6, 1985