Biographies of U.S. Astronauts

Irwin

James Benson "Jim"

USA

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Personal data

Birth date:  17.03.1930
Birthplace:  Pittsburgh / Pennsylvania
Marital status:  married
Children:  five
Selection date:  04.04.1966
Selection group:  NASA-5
Position:  LMP
Status:  Ret. 31.07.1972
Date of death:  08.08.1991
Place of death:  Glenwood City / Colorado

Spaceflights

No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Apollo 15  LMP  26.07. - 07.08.1971 12d 07h 12m 
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Total  12d 07h 12m 
           

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Apollo 12  LMP

Additional Information

Bachelor of science from U.S. Naval Academy, 1951; master of science in aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering from the University of Michigan, 1957; three honorary doctorates; Colonel, USAF, Ret.; test pilot; unsucessful application for NASA astronaut group 3; chosen 1963 as Military Astronaut - Class 4; he was the eighth man to walk on the moon; since 1973 formed the Christian Organisation "High Flight Foundation" and became Chairman of the Board; trips to Turkey in search for Noah's Ark; he died of a heart attack.

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