Happy Birthday Jim McDivitt

Today is Jim McDivitt’s 92nd Birthday!

McDivitt, an Air Force test pilot, joined NASA with the second group of astronauts in September 1962.

He commanded the Gemini 4 mission with pilot Ed White, the flight that saw White conduct the first American spacewalk.

McDivitt later commanded Apollo 9, the first mission with the lunar lander. McDivitt flew the LEM in low earth orbit to test its capabilities for the first time.

He retired from NASA and the USAF in 1972 with the rank of Brigadier General.

Jim McDivitt (far right) and Ed White meeting Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Paris Air Show in 1965. Also pictured is Vice President Hubert Humphrey

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