James McDivitt Obituary – Cause of Death: NASA’s astronaut James McDivitt dies at 93.
James A. McDivitt, who commanded the Apollo 9 mission testing the first complete set of equipment to go to the moon, died in his sleep surrounded by his family and friends last week in Tucson, Arizona, NASA announced in a statement. He was 93.
McDivitt was born June 10, 1929, in Chicago. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, before going on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan, graduating first in his class in 1959.
He joined the Air Force in 1951 and retired with the rank of Brig. General. McDivitt was selected as an astronaut by NASA in September 1962 as part of NASA’s second astronaut class.
He first flew in space as commander of the Gemini IV mission in June 1965.
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