Joe Allen signed photo
Joe Allen was the mission specialist on STS-5, the first fully operational flight of the Shuttle Transportation System, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 11, 1982. The crew aboard Columbia included Vance D. Brand (spacecraft commander), Col. Robert F. Overmyer (pilot), and Dr. William B. Lenoir (mission specialist). STS-5, the first mission with a crew of four, clearly demonstrated the Space Shuttle as fully operational by the successful first deployment of two commercial communications satellites from the Orbiter's payload bay.
Joe Allen also flew on STS-51A Discovery , which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 8, 1984.