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Tom Stafford

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Patten Stafford
Also Known As:
Thomas Stafford
Nickname(s):
Tom
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Age today:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Apollo 10 (orbited the moon). International Space Hall of Fame. U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame 1993. Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1993. Aerospace Walk of Honor 1997. National Aviation Hall of Fame 1997.

Space Missions:

Apollo 10 (1969)
Dress rehearsal for first lunar landing; flew LM down to 50,000 feet (15 km) from lunar surface.
Apollo-Soyuz
Gemini 6 (1965)
First space rendezvous accomplished with Gemini 7, station-keeping for over five hours at distances from 1 to 300 ft.
Gemini 9A (1966)
Rescheduled from May to rendezvous and dock with an Augmented Target Docking Adapter (ATDA) after the original Agena Target Vehicle failed to orbit. The ATDA shroud did not completely separate, making docking impossible. Three different types of rendezvous, two hours of EVA, and 44 orbits were completed.
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