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Frank Borman, the astronaut who led the first mission to orbit the moon, has died at the age of 95. Today’s news |

Frank Borman, the astronaut who led the first mission to orbit the moon, has died at the age of 95. Today’s news |

The American astronaut commanded the Gemini 7 and Apollo 8 space missions in the late 1960s.

Image: Courtesy of NASA.

On Thursday, the US government agency NASA confirmed the death of the American astronaut Frank Bormanwho made history through his leadership Apollo 8 mission Which made the first manned flight into orbit around the moon. The former space program leader has died in Billings, Montana, at the age of 95.

“Today we remember one of NASA’s best. Astronaut Frank Borman was a true American hero. Among his many accomplishments, he was commander of Apollo 8, the first human mission around the moon in 1968. said Bill Nelson, NASA administrator.

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Borman, born March 14, 1928, began his career as an officer in the United States Air Force. There, he held various positions as fighter pilot, operational pilot, test pilot, and assistant professor of thermodynamics at Harvard University. West Point Military Academy. His experience and knowledge led to him being selected by NASA to be part of the second group of astronauts.

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Before being selected as commander of Apollo 8, Borman participated in the mission Gemini 7 FWho set the record 14 days in space Conducting the first encounter in space between ships, and approaching within a few meters of Gemini 6.

For his part, the American astronaut was among the first three humans who were able to see and record images, along with his colleagues Jim Lovell and William Anders“The Hidden Face of the Moon.” This mission also captured the famous image known as “Earthrise.” (Earthrise, in Spanish), The planet and part of the moon’s surface are shown December 4, 1968

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“Frank recognized the power of exploration to unite humanity when he said, ‘Exploration is truly the essence of the human spirit.’ “His service to NASA will undoubtedly propel the Artemis generation to reach new cosmic shores.”Concluded Bill Nelson, head of NASA.

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