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American Rusty SCHWEICKART

born Russel Louis SCHWEICKART

American former astronaut, research scientist, US Air Force fighter pilot, business and government executive

Source :  Didier OTTGeorges GANDERGérard ZEHNACKERPascal LEVAL

Born: on October 25, 1935 in Neptune Township, New Jersey, USA  (83 years)


Schweickart was born in Neptune Township, New Jersey. After graduating from Manasquan High School, he earned an B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956 and 1963 respectively.

Schweickart served in the US Air Force and Massachusetts Air National Guard (101st Tactical Fighter Squadron) from 1956 to 1963, with over 4000 hours of flight time, including 3500 hours in high performance jet aircraft.

Schweickart was chosen as part of NASA Astronaut Group 3 in October 1963. On March 21, 1966, he was named as the back-up Pilot for Roger B. Chaffee on Apollo 1, which was to have been the first manned Apollo flight. His fellow crewmen were backup Command Pilot James McDivitt and Senior Pilot David Scott, both veterans of Project Gemini. In December 1966, this crew was promoted to fly the first manned Earth orbital test of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM), with Schewickart as Lunar Module Pilot.

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- Category Astronaut