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Sad news about Heather. :( 

 

 

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Katherine Johnson, one of the 'Hidden Figure' mathematics, aged 101, passed recently. She worked for NACA, and its successor agency, NASA, from 1953. She did critical math calculations for the first United States manned space mission, that of Alan Shepherd, and the first manned orbital mission, that of John Glenn. She also did important work in subsequent missions and projects, including the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997. 

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Charles Berry, an early NASA flight surgeon, dies at 96

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Dr. Charles “Chuck” A. Berry, a NASA flight surgeon who helped select the country’s first astronauts and devised tests to see if they could survive the demands of space, died in his sleep over the weekend in his Houston home. He was 96.

Berry is considered a pioneer in aerospace medicine, with a 68-year career in which he served as a flight surgeon for the U.S. Air Force, director of life sciences for NASA, an aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and an aerospace medicine consultant.

Read more: Houston Chronicle

 

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NASA Remembers Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden

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Former astronaut Alfred M. Worden, command module pilot on the Apollo 15 lunar landing, passed away March 18, 2020, in Texas.

"I’m deeply saddened to hear that Apollo astronaut Al Worden has passed away," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted about Worden. "Al was an American hero whose achievements in space and on Earth will never be forgotten. My prayers are with his family and friends."

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Professor Reimar Lüst (1923-2020)

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Professor Reimar Lüst, one of Europe’s great space pioneers, passed away on 31 March 2020 aged 97. Prof. Lüst was ESA’s third Director General, serving from 1984 until 1990, and was one of the greatest visionaries behind the initiation and then promotion of the European space endeavour.

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E. Margaret Burbidge, Astronomer Who Blazed Trails on Earth, Dies at 100

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She was denied access to a telescope because of her sex, but Dr. Burbidge forged ahead anyway, going on to make pathbreaking discoveries about the cosmos.

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Jean-Marie Luton, 1942-2020

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Jean-Marie Luton passed away on 16 April 2020 at the age of 77. He was ESA’s fourth Director General, serving from 1990 to 1997. A French aerospace engineer, he held several key positions during his remarkable career and will forever remain an important figure not just for ESA, but also for the wider European space community.

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On 3/18/2020 at 12:19 PM, Waspie_Dwarf said:

NASA Remembers Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden

 

I'm sad to admit that even though I grew up during that era and watched all the missions with zeal, I can't remember his name :(  I think it's a testimony to how quickly the "amazing" can become commonplace when humanity has conquered another frontier.  Reminds me of the movie Apollo 13 and how the news networks refused to carry the live broadcast from the CSM/LEM because it didn't pull enough ratings...

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NASA Administrator Statement on Passing of Former Administrator James Beggs

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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on the passing of the agency’s sixth administrator, James Beggs, on April 23. Mr. Beggs served as NASA administrator from July 1981 to December 1985.

“NASA sends its condolences to the family of James Beggs. Mr. Beggs led the agency during the earliest days of the Space Shuttle Program and helped us open a whole new era of exploration.

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The National Space Society Mourns the Passing of Bernard Kutter

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Bernard Kutter, the Manager of Advanced Programs at United Launch Alliance, passed away unexpectedly on August 12 from a reported heart attack. Kutter was Manager of Advanced Programs for United Launch Alliance and a major force in NewSpace.

Kutter was considered a brilliant engineer and was pivotal in the design and oversight of ULA’s new Vulcan rocket, the successor to the venerable Atlas V and Delta Heavy IV rockets and ULA’s first ground-up rocket design. Kutter was also an architect of ULA’s “Cislunar 1000” plan, which aims to put 1000 people into space by 2045. He additionally hosted the popular cislunar workshops sponsored by ULA for members of the space community.

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Astronaut Jerry Carr, who led NASA's final Skylab crew, dies at 88

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August 26, 2020 — Former NASA astronaut Gerald "Jerry" Carr, who in 1973 led the record-setting, final mission on the first U.S. space station, Skylab, has died at the age of 88.

Carr's death was confirmed by his family on Wednesday (Aug. 26) in a statement shared by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

"Throughout his life and career, Jerry Carr was the epitome of an officer and a gentleman. He loved his family, he loved his country and he loved to fly. We are all enormously proud of his legacy as a true space pioneer and of the lasting impact of his historic mission aboard America's first space station. We will remember him most as a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. We will miss him greatly," the family's statement read.

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Astronaut William Thornton, who invented shuttle treadmill, dies at 91

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January 14, 2021 — Former NASA astronaut William "Bill" Thornton, who used his own inventions to measure and combat the ill-effects of microgravity while on board two space shuttle missions, has died at the age of 91.

Thornton's death on Jan. 11 was reported by NASA on Thursday (Jan. 14).

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Millie Hughes-Fulford, first female payload specialist in space, dies

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February 4, 2021 — The first American woman to launch into space who was not a professional astronaut but a working scientist, Millie Hughes-Fulford has died at the age of 75.

Hughes-Fulford's death on Tuesday (Feb. 2) was confirmed on Thursday by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF). The San Francisco Chronicle reported that she died at her home in San Francisco, California, after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.

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3 minutes ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Astronaut William Thornton, who invented shuttle treadmill, dies at 91

Thanks for sharing and good to see  you! 

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20 hours ago, joc said:

Thanks for sharing and good to see  you! 

Thank you. It's good to be back.

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Glynn Lunney, flight director who led from 'trench' to the moon, dies

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March 19, 2021 — An engineer who was involved from the start in NASA's efforts to launch the first astronauts into space and who later led Mission Control through some of its most challenging and triumphant hours, flight director Glynn S. Lunney has died at the age of 84.

Lunney's death on Friday (March 19) was confirmed by NASA. A family friend said that Lunney died after a long illness.

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Philip Chapman, first Australian-born NASA astronaut, dies at 86

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April 7, 2021 — An Apollo-era NASA astronaut who was the first person born in Australia to train for a spaceflight, Philip Chapman has died at the age 86, having never made it into orbit.

Chapman died on Monday (April 5) in Scottsdale, Arizona, almost 50 years after he resigned from NASA due to what he saw as a lack of opportunities for scientists in the astronaut corps.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Australian-born astronaut, Dr. Philip Chapman," wrote the staff at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of NASA's Deep Space Network in Australia, on Twitter on Wednesday.

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Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins dies at 90

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Michael Collins - one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 11 in 1969 - has died aged 90, his family say.

He died on Wednesday after "a valiant battle with cancer. He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side," they said.

Collins had stayed in lunar orbit as his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon.

Aldrin, 91, is now the only surviving member of the mission.

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RIP Michael Collins (my first name happens to be Michael), you were not forgotten in your participatory role in the Apollo 11 manned lunar landing mission. You're with Neil Armstrong (the first human to walked on the moon's surface) in the heavens. Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin is still alive and continues to appear in person in speeches about his famed astronaut career. 

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On 2/24/2020 at 10:17 AM, bison said:

Katherine Johnson, one of the 'Hidden Figure' mathematics, aged 101, passed recently. She worked for NACA, and its successor agency, NASA, from 1953. She did critical math calculations for the first United States manned space mission, that of Alan Shepherd, and the first manned orbital mission, that of John Glenn. She also did important work in subsequent missions and projects, including the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs. She was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997. 

NASA named a research facility after her in Langley, Virginia. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/nasa-langley-s-katherine-johnson-computational-research-facility-officially-opens/ NASA's Headquarters in Washington DC were named for her colleague Mary Johnson last month. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Headquarters And Dorothy Vaughan, the last 3 of the Hidden Figures scientists, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously.

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I `m for the memory of  Apollo XV astronaut James B. Irwin. that put a prayer on the moon :)

The "Prayer for Protection" is one of two Freeman poems carried to the moon by Apollo astronauts. In 1969, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin carried a copy with him on the first manned moon landing. In 1971, a microfilm copy of Freeman's poem, "I Am There," was left on the moon by Apollo XV astronaut James B. Irwin.

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I AM THERE

Do you need Me ?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not understand My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me
as I AM, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am here. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need ME, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for
only in your mind are the mists of "yours" and "mine".
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I AM in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for
I am there. I am there because I have to be, because I AM.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of ME does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law's fulfilling. I am assurance.
I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by.
I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance.
I am your peace. I am ONE with you. I am.
Though you fail to find ME, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never
wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I AM there.

--- James Dillet Freeman


love that prayer on the moon :):):)

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Its the only prayer we have in outer space :)

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NASA Remembers Flight Director John Hodge

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John Dennis Hodge, NASA’s second flight director, died Wednesday, May 19, at his home in Northern Virginia. He was 92.

Hodge became NASA’s second flight director for the final solo flight of the Mercury Program, Mercury-Atlas 9, in which astronaut Gordon Cooper flew his Faith 7 spacecraft for 22 orbits of the Earth, setting the stage for the two-person crews of Gemini and the three-person crews of Apollo. As “blue flight” director, Hodge also became the first lead flight director other than Christopher C. Kraft, Jr.

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Henry McDonald, NASA Hall of Famer and aerospace engineer, dies at 84

"He was outwardly quiet and serious but, to those who knew him, a kind and generous man with a wicked sense humor," his son said.

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Henry “Harry” McDonald, 84, of Flourtown, former director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, inventor, and pilot, died Tuesday, May 25, from complications of heart surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Eugene Tu, director of the Ames Center in Mountain View, Calif., credited Mr. McDonald as a leader who took the center into the 21st century and inspired many of his colleagues.

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