James Alton McDivitt

(b. 1929)

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(1929– )

US astronaut. He piloted the Gemini 4 flight in June 1965, during which Edward White made the first US space walk. In March 1969, he commanded Apollo 9 in Earth orbit to test the spacecraft's lunar-landing hardware. McDivitt was selected as an astronaut in 1962. From 1969 he was manager of the Apollo project, and he left NASA in 1972.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics.

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