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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."

Read more: NASA

 

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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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