Donald H. Peterson

1933 - 2018

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Donald Herod Peterson (October 22, 1933 – May 27, 2018) was a United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Peterson was originally selected for the Air Force Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL) program, but, when that was canceled, he became a NASA astronaut in September 1969. He was a mission specialist on STS-6 on board Challenger. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Donald H. Peterson has received more than 135,211 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Donald H. Peterson is the 269th most popular astronaut (down from 220th in 2019), the 10,123rd most popular biography from United States (down from 8,654th in 2019) and the 107th most popular American Astronaut.

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Among astronauts, Donald H. Peterson ranks 269 out of 556Before him are Fei Junlong, Gennadi Manakov, Klaus-Dietrich Flade, Oleg Kotov, Lee Archambault, and Nie Haisheng. After him are Michael Coats, William C. McCool, Franz Viehböck, John Casper, Scott Kelly, and Janet L. Kavandi.

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Among people born in 1933, Donald H. Peterson ranks 477Before him are Sheila Hancock, Michael Novak, Maurice Stokes, Pentti Linnosvuo, Maurice Moucheraud, and József Bencsics. After him are Peter Orlovsky, Gilberto Penayo, Jimmy Murray, Leszek Drogosz, Constand Viljoen, and Johannes Schaaf. Among people deceased in 2018, Donald H. Peterson ranks 467Before him are Paolo Ferrari, Jiichiro Date, Gennadi Gagulia, John Perry Barlow, Rim Banna, and Frank Ramsey. After him are Angelo Vanzin, Bengt Nilsson, Johan van Hulst, Stanley Anderson, Danny Kirwan, and Edwin Hawkins.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Donald H. Peterson ranks 10,123 out of 20,380Before him are Robin Morgan (1941), Zebulon Pike (1779), Ronnie Ray Smith (1949), Katie Couric (1957), Gladys Egan (1900), and Rakim (1968). After him are Johnny Sheffield (1931), Herbert Boyer (1936), Jeanne Bates (1918), Anna Chlumsky (1980), Grady Booch (1955), and John Bell (1796).

Among ASTRONAUTS In United States

Among astronauts born in United States, Donald H. Peterson ranks 107Before him are Nicole Stott (1962), John L. Phillips (1951), Janice E. Voss (1956), Robert F. Overmyer (1936), Guion Bluford (1942), and Lee Archambault (1960). After him are Michael Coats (1946), William C. McCool (1961), John Casper (1943), Scott Kelly (1964), Janet L. Kavandi (1959), and Kevin R. Kregel (1956).