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Richard Gordon, former Apollo 12 astronaut, Saints executive VP, dies at 88

Richard Gordon, former Apollo 12 astronaut, Saints executive VP, dies at 88

During the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969, Gordon circled the moon in the command module Yankee Clipper while Alan Bean and Charles Conrad landed and walked on the lunar surface.

"NASA and the nation have lost one of our early space pioneers", Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.

In the United States on 88-m to year of life has died the great astronaut Richard Gordon.

On the official resource agencies add that Richard Gordon had become the commander of the spacecraft "Apollo-18", however this flight did not take place.

Apollo 12 marked the first moon landing to touch down in a designated spot. "We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of Gemini and Apollo astronaut Richard Gordon, a hero from NASA's third class of astronauts", which included Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin and 12 others.

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"Throughout the 31-hour lunar surface stay by Conrad and Bean, Gordon remained in orbit around the moon on the ..." Gordon was also the pilot for the Gemini 11 mission in 1966, performing two spacewalks.

"From 240,000 miles away, it's very beautiful.a very delicate planet sitting out there in the blackest - it's the blackest black you'll ever see!" And it's been described like a Christmas tree ornament hanging out there. It's - philosophically you could emote about it, I'm sure, for quite some time. Photo via Wikimedia CommonsHis death Monday was reported in a NASA tweet.

Gordon served with Fighter Squadron 121 at Miramar Naval Air Station as a flight instructor in the F4H and took part in the introduction of that aircraft to the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, said spaceref.com. He went on to be an executive for energy and science companies.

Gordon is survived by six children and two stepchildren.