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Richard Gordon, Gemini And Apollo Astronaut RIP

Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:59 pm

A great pilot, astronaut and by all accounts, a fun guy too.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... n-obituary
 
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Re: Richard Gordon, Gemini And Apollo Astronaut RIP

Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:28 am

It was astounding when Apollo 12 got struck by lightning not long after launch but did not abort. I was watching the launch in my second grade classroom. It's hard t o believe that was 48 years ago.
 
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Re: Richard Gordon, Gemini And Apollo Astronaut RIP

Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:25 am

flyingclrs727 wrote:
It's hard t o believe that was 48 years ago.


Morning of my 12th birthday ( MET time zone )

I've to go with Jerry Pournelle here:
"I always knew I would live to see the first man on the moon. I never thought I would outlive the last one."
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Re: Richard Gordon, Gemini And Apollo Astronaut RIP

Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:01 am

GDB wrote:
A great pilot, astronaut and by all accounts, a fun guy too.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... n-obituary


A line from the article.....but that mission was cancelled due to lack of funding, and there have been no further lunar landings.

Makes me sad.
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Re: Richard Gordon, Gemini And Apollo Astronaut RIP

Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:35 pm

LMP737 wrote:
GDB wrote:
A great pilot, astronaut and by all accounts, a fun guy too.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/201 ... n-obituary


A line from the article.....but that mission was cancelled due to lack of funding, and there have been no further lunar landings.

Makes me sad.


Worse still, the rockets, modules etc for Apollo's 18 and 19 were built and paid for, (the Saturn V for 20 was used for Skylab).
Both Conrad and Bean advised Gordon to pitch to command the final Skylab mission, they subsequently flew those missions and Conrad had a lot of pull in the Astronaut Office. However Gordon wanted to walk on the Moon so held out for Apollo 18, which months later was axed.
While a Commander for Skylab 4 was selected and began training for it.
However, Gordon had done Earth orbit with Conrad on Gemini 11, indeed the Agena boosted them to 850 miles out.

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