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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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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.

Read more: The New York Times

 

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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.

Read more: NASA

 

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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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