Frank Borman has to rank with Neil Armstrong among the most famous astronauts.We lost two Veterans and great NASA heroes in the past week. Rear Admiral Ken Mattingly passed away on 10.31.23; he was originally slated to pilot Apollo 13, and was transferred to Apollo 16 because of suspected exposure to measles (which he never ended up having!). Fortunately, following the mid-flight disaster, Mattingly was able to work with Mission Control in the flight simulator, working on plans to return Lovell, Haise, and Swigert home to Earth!
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Following Ken's death, Colonel Frank Borman passed away on 11.7.23, fitting to remember both of them on Veterans Day weekend. He graduated West Point, became a fighter pilot, and along with Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, was part of the famous Apollo 8 crew, the first 3 human beings to orbit the Moon!
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Earthrise is probably one of the most famous photos from the Apollo era, taken as the crew of Apollo 8 was orbiting the Moon, watching Earth rise as no human beings ever had before. Frank Borman and Bill Anders had a longstanding joke about who ACTUALLY snapped the iconic photo (recordings of in-flight communications have proven it to be Anders, but the joke continued between the two men for decades!).
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