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John Houbolt, NASA engineer who fought for Apollo moon landing method, dies
http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-041714a-john-houbolt-obituary-lor.html

Were it not for John Houbolt, the United States might never have landed men on the moon.

The engineer, who died on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 95, successfully sold the country's space program leaders on an alternate flight plan, Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR), which ultimately led to the six Apollo moon landings of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Rest in peace, Sir! You served your country well.
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A sad day, God bless your soul John....

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Mr. Houbolt's contributions are still remembered and his legacy continues to ring profoundly across the space industry.

Farewell and godspeed, John.

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Thank you John for being "the" voice in the wilderness that got us to the Moon. A man of courage who stood up to the NASA establishment. May you rest in peace....
« Last Edit: 04/20/2014 10:37 PM by Rocket Science »
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NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success dies

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) John C. Houbolt, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's successful moon landing in 1969, has died. He was 95.

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-engineer-vital-moon-landing-success-dies-025316662.html

anyone have to good fortune to know or work with him?

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The following should save a few keystrokes and clicks to the wiki article and/or Google.

Here are the famous letters
(Page 51 onwards)

Btw, the dramatised version of the story is also depicted in Episode 5 ("Spider") of the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon".
« Last Edit: 04/20/2014 10:06 PM by AJA »

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The following should save a few keystrokes and clicks to the wiki article and/or Google.

Here are the famous letters
(Page 51 onwards)

Btw, the dramatised version of the story is also depicted in Episode 5 ("Spider") of the HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon".

Link is dead

Btw: John Houbolt should have a site on the moon named for him.
« Last Edit: 04/23/2014 03:47 PM by Prober »
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