Gordon, whose death was announced by NASA Tuesday, was one of only two dozen men to fly to the moon, making the trip as a member of the crew on the second lunar landing mission in 1969. While other the astronauts, spacecraft commander, Charles Conrad and lunar module pilot, Alan Bean, spent 31-hours on the lunar surface, Gordon remained in orbit around the moon on the command module, "Yankee Clipper".
"Dick will be fondly remembered as one of our nation's boldest flyers, a man who added to our own nation's capabilities by challenging his own".
Richard F. Gordon Jr. was born in Seattle on Oct. 5, 1929. "Once I found out what that airplane could do for me or I could do for it, it was love at first sight", he said.
Gordon died Monday at his home in California, according to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. "We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of Gemini and Apollo astronaut Richard Gordon, a hero from NASA's third class of astronauts". He and mission commander Pete Conrad had a whole series of important tasks to perfect as NASA continued its march to the moon for the upcoming Apollo program. I didn't see them at all.
"Alright. Just rest. You've got plenty of time". You can't see how it's suspended or anything.
"NASA and the nation have lost one of our early space pioneers", Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement. But that flight was canceled. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Washington in 1951 and went on to be a test pilot and flight instructor before joining NASA in 1963.
After retiring from NASA in 1972, he became executive vice president of the New Orleans Saints.
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