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|David Randolph Scott
one of only three astronauts to fly both orbital and lunar Apollo Missions
Born June 6, 1932, in San Antonio, Texas
Married Margaret Black
High School Western High
School, Washington, D.C.
Completed pilot training at Webb Air
Force Base, Texas, in 1955.
Air Force Experimental Test Pilots
Retired from Air Force with rank of Colonel in March 1975; had logged over 5,600 hours of flight time.
One of the third group of astronauts named in October 1963
Gemini VIII -- March 16, 1966 -- with command pilot Neil Armstrong -- flight scheduled to last three days but terminated early due to a malfunctioning thruster; did complete the first successful docking of two vehicles in space; total mission time 10 hours 41 minutes
Apollo IX -- March 3-13, 1969 -- command module pilot, with James McDivitt and Russell Schweickart -- the first test flight of all spacecraft and flight operations for the Apollo lunar mission
Apollo XII -- backup spacecraft commander
Apollo XV -- July 26 - August 7, 1971 -- spacecraft commander, with Alfred M. Worden and James B. Irwin -- fourth manned lunar landing; first use of the Lunar Rover; first to visit and explore Hadley Rille and Apennine Mountains; on surface for 66 hours 54 minutes, a new record
logged a total of 546 hours 54 minutes in space, including 20 hours 46 minutes of EVA's; one of only three astronauts to fly both orbital and lunar Apollo Missions
Special Assistant for Mission Operations for the
Apollo Soyuz Text Project
retired from NASA in 1977
formed several corporations concerned with project management consulting, development of opto-electronic sensor technology, commercial applications of space technology, etc.
President of the Baron Company, Ltd., a Bermuda company formed to pursue opportunities in the commercial space sector
1997, technical advisor for "Apollo 13"
member of Brown University science teams on the Indian Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbit satellite
fellow, American Astronautical Society
Awards and Honors
Air Force Association's David C.
Schilling Trophy (1971)
Two Sides of the Moon (2004), parallel autobiography with cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to "walk in space," describing their insights and experiences during the Cold War Space Race
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