New York

James McDivitt, Astronaut and Apollo 9 Commander, Dies at 93

Washington – James A. McDivittThe Apollo 9 mission ordered to test the first complete set of equipment to go to the Moon has died. he was 93.

McDivitt He was also the commander of the 1965 Gemini 4 mission. his My good friend and colleague Ed White performed the first spacewalk in the United States. White’s photo of him during a spacewalk has become an iconic image.

He missed his chance to land on the moon and became program manager for the space agency’s five Apollo programs after the Apollo 11 moon landing.

McDivitt He died Thursday in Tucson, Arizona. NASA said Monday.

of his First flight in 1965, McDivitt reported seeing “something” about the shape of a beer can flying outside the Gemini spacecraft.people called it a UFO McDivitt will joke about it later he Became a “world-famous UFO expert”.A few years later he I thought it was just the reflection of the bolt in the window.

Orbiting the Earth and no further, Apollo 9 was one of mankind’s lesser-known space missions. NASAprogram. In a 1999 oral history, McDivitt said i don’t care he He said it was overlooked: So it’s hardly part of Apollo. But the lunar lander was… key to the whole program. “

McDivitt’s mission, which flew with Apollo 9 crew members Rusty Schweickert and David Scott, was the first space test of a lightweight lunar lander called Spyder. Their goals are whether people can live there, whether they can dock in orbit, and what became important in the Apollo 13 crisis – the lunar lander’s engine is the command module in his gum. It was to see if we could control the stack of starships, including drops.

early in training McDivitt I wasn’t impressed with how flimsy the lunar module looked. he Look at me, we said Are we actually going to fly something like this? So it was really ticking. …it was like cellophane and tin foil held together with scotch tape and staples!”

unlike many of his fellow astronauts, McDivitt Ever since I was a child, I never longed to fly. he It was just right.

McDivitt I didn’t have the money to go to college growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. he I worked for a year before going to junior college.when he He enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 20, shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. he I have never been on an airplane. he had previous pilot training he There were times when I was off the ground.

“Fortunately, I liked it.” he I remembered later.

McDivitt After completing 145 combat missions in South Korea, she returned to Michigan. he I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. he He later became one of Edwards Air Force Base’s elite test pilots and the first student in the Air Force’s Aerospace Research Pilot School. The military was working on its own manned space mission, which was later abandoned.

1962, NASA chose McDivitt Joining Neil Armstrong, Frank Bowman, Jim Lovell and others as part of the second class of astronauts, often referred to as the “New Nine”.

McDivitt Along with White, he was chosen to command a two-man Gemini mission. In his four-day mission in 1965, he orbited the Earth 66 times.

Apollo 9’s shakedown flight lasted 10 days in March 1969, four months before the lunar landing, and was relatively trouble-free.

“After flying Apollo 9, it was clear that I wouldn’t be the first person to land on the Moon. That was important to me.” McDivitt It reminded me of 1999.

yes McDivitt First went into managing the Apollo Lunar Module and then into managing the Houston portion of the overall program.

McDivitt left NASA In 1972, he served in the Air Force for a series of private industry jobs, including president of Pullman’s Rail Vehicle Division and senior positions with the aerospace company Rockwell International. he Retired from the army with the rank of brigadier general.

Copyright © 2022 The Washington Times, LLC. James McDivitt, Astronaut and Apollo 9 Commander, Dies at 93

Back to top button