David Scott

American engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, former test pilot, and former NASA astronaut

David Randolph "Dave" Scott (born June 6, 1932), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is an American former NASA astronaut, retired U.S. Air Force officer and former test pilot. He belonged to the third group of NASA astronauts, selected in October 1963. As an astronaut, Scott became the seventh person to walk on the Moon.

David Randolph Scott
David Randolph Scott

(1932-06-06) June 6, 1932 (age 91)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
USMA, B.S. 1954
MIT, M.S. and E.A.A. 1962
OccupationTest pilot
Space career
NASA astronaut
RankColonel, USAF
Time in space
22d 18h 53m
Selection1963 NASA Group 3
Total EVAs
5 (Stand up EVA on Apollo 9, 4 EVAs on Apollo 15: 1st EVA was a stand-up, while 3 EVAs were on the moon surface)[1]
Total EVA time
20 hours 35 minutes[2][3]
MissionsGemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15
Mission insignia
RetirementOctober 30, 1977

As an astronaut, Scott made his first flight into space as pilot of the Gemini 8 mission, along with Neil Armstrong, in March 1966, spending just under eleven hours in low Earth orbit. Scott then spent ten days in orbit as Command Module Pilot aboard Apollo 9, his second spaceflight, along with Commander James McDivitt and Lunar Module Pilot Rusty Schweickart.

During this mission, Scott became the last American to fly solo in Earth orbit (not counting subsequent untethered EVAs). Scott made his third and final flight into space as commander of the Apollo 15 mission, the fourth human lunar landing, becoming the seventh person to walk on the Moon and the first person to drive on the Moon.[3]

References change

  1. "Extravehicular Activity". NASA history. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. Joachim Becker. "David Scott - EVA experience".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Biographies of Other Apollo Astronauts". NASA. Retrieved 29 June 2016.

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