Apollo 9 Commander Dies at 93


Ryan Paquet

James A.Mcdivitt died at the age of 93, Thursday in Tucson, Arizona according to NASA.

Mc.Divitt was an astronaut in the mission Apollo 9. This mission was the first flight test of the lunar module, that would carry astronauts to the surface of the moon. On March 3, 1969, Saturn V a rocket, carried the astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Schweickart to space.

The mission was finally a success.“After I flew Apollo 9 it was apparent to me that I wasn’t going to be the first guy to land on the moon, which wasn’t important to me,” said Mc.Divitt. For him to be the first man to walk on the moon wasn’t important to him,” being the second or third guy wasn’t that important to me, “repeat McDivitt. NASA was very happy and proud of this successful mission because no problems occurred during his flight time.

Mc.Divitt got a lot of awards in his life like the USAF astronaut badge, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy in 1965, and 5 air medals.

James left NASA and the Air Forces in 1972. He has been the president of the railcar division at Pullman Inc. He also got a senior position at the aerospace firm Rockwell International. James also left the military with the rank of brigadier general.

James A. McDivitt married Patricia Ann Hans in 1956. Together, they had four children: Micheal, Ann Lyne, Patrick, and Kathleen but they later divorced.

McDivitt has a school named after him in Old Bridge, the James A. McDivitt Elementary school. He also has a building, James McDivitt Hall, on the campus of Jackson college. There is also the McDivitt-White plaza in the new university of Michigan.