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September 17, 1930, Weatherford, Oklahoma, U. S. ) 121 Explorers of the twentieth and twenty first Centuries: From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron T homas Patten Stafford was once the yank astronaut who flew Gemini rendezvous missions (1965–66) and commanded the Apollo 10 venture (1969)—the ultimate try of Apollo platforms ahead of the 1st manned touchdown at the Moon—as good because the Apollo spacecraft that docked with a Soviet Soyuz craft in house in 1975. A graduate (1952) of the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, Stafford transferred to the Air strength and studied on the Air strength Experimental Flight try out institution. Stafford was once Walter M. Schirra’s copilot at the Gemini 6 undertaking, introduced December 15, 1965. Their rendezvous with the formerly introduced Gemini 7 used to be the world’s first winning area rendezvous. On June three, 1966, Eugene A. Cernan and command pilot Stafford have been embarked on house in Gemini nine. Stafford played 3 rendezvous with a goal automobile, yet a protecting protecting at the aim had did not detach, fighting docking. Apollo 10, manned by means of Stafford, Cernan, and John W. younger, was once introduced on could 18, 1969. 3 days later the spacecraft attained lunar orbit. The flight rehearsed each part of a Moon touchdown other than the touchdown itself. Cernan and Stafford descended within the Lunar Module to inside of nine. five miles (15 km) of the Moon’s floor. Apollo 10 accomplished 31 orbits of the Moon sooner than returning to Earth, touchdown within the Pacific Ocean on may well 26. Stafford resigned from the gap software in 1975 to develop into commander of the Air strength Flight try heart, Edwards Air strength Base, California. In 1978 he was once promoted to lieutenant basic and have become Air strength Deputy leader of employees for learn and improvement, stationed in Washington, D. C. After retiring from the Air strength in 1979, he turned an government of a transportation corporation in Oklahoma. 122 John W. younger John W. younger (b. September 24, 1930, San Francisco, California, U. S. ) T he U. S. astronaut John Watts younger participated within the Gemini, Apollo, and area go back and forth courses. He used to be the 1st astronaut to make five—and later the 1st to make six—spaceflights. He served as Virgil I. Grissom’s copilot on Gemini three (1965), the 1st U. S. twoman spaceflight. After graduating from Georgia Institute of know-how (1952) with a level in aeronautical engineering, younger joined the U. S. military. He served in Korea prior to partaking in a try venture in which, in 1962, he set time-to-climb documents in an F-4B army jet. in the course of 1962– sixty four younger knowledgeable for his half within the NASA undertaking. Gemini three, introduced on March 23, 1965, reached a greatest altitude of 139 miles (224 km) at the preliminary orbit. The orbit used to be replaced 3 times, and after four hours fifty three mins flight time the spacecraft landed within the South Atlantic Ocean. After this flight U. S. President Lyndon B. Johnson conferred the NASA unparalleled provider Medal on younger. On July 18, 1966, younger joined Michael Collins at the Gemini 10 flight. the 2 docked with an Agena goal automobile and, utilizing the Agena’s engine, attained an altitude of 475 miles (764 km).