Albert Sacco, Jr. (born May 3, 1949) is an astronaut and chemical engineer who flew as the Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia on shuttle mission STS-73 in 1995.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he completed a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston in 1973, and then a PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He then joined the faculty of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, becoming a full professor and rising to department head in 1989. Dr. Sacco has over 70 publications (including book chapters) in the areas of carbon filament initiation and growth, catalyst deactivation, and zeolite synthesis.
Dr. Sacco flew as a payload specialist on STS-73, which launched on October 20, 1995, and landed at the Kennedy Space Center on November 5, 1995. The 16 day mission aboard Columbia focused on materials science, biotechnology, combustion science, and fluid physics contained within the pressurized Spacelab module.
He married the former Teran Lee Gardner, of Massachusetts, in November 1971. They have four children. His hobbies include scuba diving; he is a certified scuba diving instructor.