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The Unsung Hero of the NASA’s Apollo Program John C. Houbolt Died

Apr 21, 2014 16:10 IST

The unsung hero of the NASA’s Apollo Program John C. Houbolt died on 20 April 2014 after the complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 95.  

He was an engineer in the Apollo Program. His contributions to the US space program were vital to NASA's successful Moon landing in 1969.

Houbolt was the catalyst in securing US commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely.

imageHis efforts in the early 1960s are largely credited with convincing NASA to focus on the launch of a module carrying a crew from lunar orbit, rather than a rocket from Earth or a spacecraft while orbiting the planet.

About Apollo Program


The Apollo program also known as Project Apollo. It was the third human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States civilian space agency. The program was responsible for the landing of the first humans on Earth's Moon in 1969.

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