Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rest In Paradise, Richard F. Gordon, Jr.

NASA photo, labeled Sept. 22, 1969: "These three astronauts have been named by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the prime crew of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission. Left to right are Charles Conrad Jr., Richard F. Gordon Jr., and Alan L. Bean."
The space community has lost too many legends this year from the Apollo era, and today we lost one more: the congenial Dick Gordon, Gemini 11 pilot and Apollo 12 command module pilot. I'm personally a bit too numb from all the losses to write anything profound; linked here is an obituary from collectSPACE, which sums up Gordon's life and career more beautifully than I could. 

Dick Gordon was a warm, funny, always enthusiastic man, and a friend to everyone. That's how I will remember him. The photo above shows him in his prime years at NASA, posing with the Ultimate Apollo Dream Crew - three best friends who braved a freakin' LIGHTNING STRIKE to pull off one of the program's most successful, memorable missions.

Feel free to leave your memories of Gordon in the comments' section. I send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.