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Apollo astronaut Frank Borman dies at 95

Apollo chief astronaut Colonel Frank Borman has died at the age of 95 in Billings, Montana (United States), NASA said. He commanded the first mission to orbit the moon.

“Today, we remember one of NASA’s best. Astronaut Frank Borman was a true American hero. Among his many accomplishments, he served as commander of the Apollo 8 mission, humanity’s first mission around the Moon in 1968,” said NASA administrator Bill Nelson this Thursday in a statement.

“In addition to his critical role as commander of the Apollo 8 mission, he is a veteran of Gemini 7, having spent 14 days in low Earth orbit, conducting the first rendezvous in space, coming within meters of the Gemini 6 spacecraft,” continued Nelson .

Borman died Nov. 7, according to the release.

In 1967, Borman was a member of the Apollo 204 review board, which investigated a fire that killed three astronauts on Apollo 1, according to NASA’s brief biography. Borman would later lead the team that redesigned the Apollo spacecraft.

Borman continued his work in aviation after his career at NASA as CEO of Eastern Airlines, the text concluded.

Remember: Astronaut Michael Collins, pilot of the first mission to the Moon, dies at age 90

Source: CNN Brasil

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