Frank Borman

American astronaut

Frank Frederick Borman II (March 14, 1928 – November 7, 2023) was an American astronaut and the commander of Apollo 8. He received a Bachelor of Science at West Point and a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology. Apollo 8 was the first mission to fly around the Moon.[1][2] The other members of Apollo 8 were Jim Lovell and Bill Anders.

Frank Borman
Frank Frederick Borman II

(1928-03-14)March 14, 1928
DiedNovember 7, 2023(2023-11-07) (aged 95)
Alma materUSMA, B.S. 1950
Caltech, M.S. 1957
Occupation(s)Fighter pilot, test pilot, airline CEO
Awards Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Rank Colonel, USAF
Time in space
19d 21h 35m
Selection1962 NASA Group 2
MissionsGemini 7, Apollo 8
Mission insignia
RetirementJuly 1, 1970

After leaving NASA, he was the chief executive officer (CEO) of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986.[3] Borman was a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.[4]

Borman died on November 7, 2023 of a stroke in Billings, Montana at the age of 95.[5]


  1. Williams, David R. (September 25, 2007). "The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast". NASA National Space Science Data Center.
  2. Borman, Frank; Lovell, James; Anders, William (December 25, 1968). The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast (MOV) (Live broadcast). NASA National Space Science Data Center.
  3. NASA bio
  4. "Congressional Space Medal of Honor". Retrieved 2021-09-23.
  5. Hagerty, James R. "Frank Borman, Who Led Historic Flight Around the Moon in 1968, Dies at Age 95". WSJ. Retrieved 2023-11-09.

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