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Offline dandy_don

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Thomas Stafford has died
« on: 03/18/2024 08:05 pm »
Tom Stafford died today at the age of 93.   That leaves us only with Jim Lovell from the great 2nd group of astronauts.

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #1 on: 03/18/2024 08:07 pm »
He was one of the most brilliant minded of all the Apollo astronauts. An amazing man.

Good article on him here.

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/astronaut-thomas-stafford-commander-apollo-10-died-age-108247180

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #2 on: 03/18/2024 11:42 pm »
 :'( What a week, and it's only Monday. I just found out about the passing of a great member of the forum a lot of you would know, and now this. I remember listening to the radio with my Dad as Cernan's EVA progressed and Stafford has to talk him thru coming back inside. The "Angry Alligator: mission! Before that the Gemini 6 drama and then the rush to still make the rendezvous with Gemini 7. Those pictures later were stunning, really stunning.
 The ABC article is pretty good . The WaPo has the news already, in contrast to how long it took them for Admiral Truly...
Let's not forget his behind-the-scenes roles with NASA and the Air Force, very important work. A huge loss of a great Astronaut and human being.
« Last Edit: 03/18/2024 11:55 pm by eric z »

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #3 on: 03/19/2024 12:35 am »
This list keeps getting shorter, unfortunately:
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Between April 12, 1961 (Vostok 1) and July 15, 1975 (ASTP) 78 different human beings passed the Karman line and traveled into space.

As of 03/18/2024, these 17 are the only ones living (only 5 of them Russian):

[xth Person in space | Name | Date of first spaceflight]

12 Valentina Tereshkova (First woman in space) - June 16, 1963

23 Jim Lovell (Lunar Orbit, Lunar Flyby)- December 4, 1965
26 David Scott (Lunar Surface) - March 16, 1966
31 Buzz Aldrin (Lunar Surface) - November 11, 1966
35 William Anders (Lunar Orbit) - December 21 ,1968

37 Boris Volynov - January 15, 1969
37 Aleksei Yeliseyev - January 15, 1969

40 Rusty Schweickart - March 3, 1969
47 Fred Haise (Lunar Flyby) - April 11, 1970
57 Charles Duke (Lunar Surface) - April 16, 1972
59 Harrison Schmitt (Lunar Surface) - December 7, 1972
61 Joseph P. Kerwin - May 25, 1973
63 Jack R. Lousma - July 28, 1973
67 Edward Gibson - November 16, 1973

70 Pyotr Klimuk - December 18, 1973
70 Valentin Lebedev - December 18, 1973

77 Vance D. Brand - July 15, 1975

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #4 on: 03/19/2024 09:51 am »
Thanks for the detailed list. Time is flying. So - Apollo 7, 10, 12 and 14 crews have now entirely passed away ? Damn.

Volynov is still alive ? he survived the most horrific reentry in history. When his stupid Soyuz 5 did not shed a module, and the reentry capsule started its reentry upside down.  :o :o :o    The reentry inferno finally removed the module and the Soyuz did a 180 degree turn: back to heatshield first correct orientation. And Volynov was saved, despite a very brutal landing.

http://www.jamesoberg.com/062002flightjournalsoyuz5.html

Crazy bonkers story.
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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #5 on: 03/19/2024 11:28 am »
Only 3 Gemini veterans left.    :'(

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #6 on: 03/19/2024 08:49 pm »
   Not sure where to share this sad news, but his family wants me to tell his friends and colleagues here at NSF that
Matt Blak has passed away. He had Motor Neuron Disease {ALS} and left the planet on Jan.29 2024, from his home in New Zealand, peacefully. He was a great encouragement to me when I joined NSF and L2 which I won't forget, and he always made a fantastic contribution to whatever the topic at hand was. I'm sure we will all miss him. :(

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #7 on: 03/19/2024 08:58 pm »
Thank you.

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Re: Thomas Stafford has died
« Reply #8 on: 03/19/2024 10:24 pm »
   Not sure where to share this sad news, but his family wants me to tell his friends and colleagues here at NSF that
Matt Blak has passed away. He had Motor Neuron Disease {ALS} and left the planet on Jan.29 2024, from his home in New Zealand, peacefully. He was a great encouragement to me when I joined NSF and L2 which I won't forget, and he always made a fantastic contribution to whatever the topic at hand was. I'm sure we will all miss him. :(

Sad news, we will miss him.
Apologies in advance for any lack of civility - it's unintended

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