Terry Hart '68 is a former NASA astronaut, US Air Force fighter pilot, and telecommunications executive who joined Lehigh's faculty in 2004.  He was aboard the STS 41-C Challenger, NASA's eleventh Space Shuttle mission, launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 1984.  The Challenger crew members logged 168 hours in orbit above the Earth and were the first astronauts to repair a satellite from the shuttle.  On that mission Hart conducted the first rendezvous of the shuttle program with his commander, Bob Crippen, and operated the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) that retrieved the Solar Maximum Satellite for repairs.  He also operated the IMAX camera for the feature The Dream is Alive (1985).

Hart is the holder of two patents for his previous work at Bell Laboratories in noise suppression circuitry and safety devices for electronic power converters.  His current research activities include spacecraft attitude control and trajectory optimization.  Hart is also a current FAA Certified Flight Instructor, and a member of AIAA, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi.  Honors and awards include induction into the Space and Satellite Hall of Fame, the NJ Aviation Hall of Fame, the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal, the Pride of Pennsylvania Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Lehigh University Alumni Award.

Terry J. Hart
Teaching Full Professor
(610) 758-4173
Packard Lab 368A
19 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015


Hon. D., Lehigh University
M.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University

Areas of Research

Spacecraft dynamics and control