James Irwin

American astronaut (1930-1991)

James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) (Col, USAF) was an American astronaut and test pilot.

James B. Irwin
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James Benson Irwin

(1930-03-17)March 17, 1930
DiedAugust 8, 1991(1991-08-08) (aged 61)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Alma materUSNA, B.S. 1951
University of Michigan, M.S. 1957
OccupationTest pilot
AwardsNASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, USAF
Time in space
12d 07h 12m
Selection1966 NASA Group 5
Total EVAs
4 (3 EVAs were on the moon, while his 4th EVA was a stand-up)
Total EVA time
18 hours 35 minutes
MissionsApollo 15
Mission insignia
Apollo 15-insignia.png
RetirementJuly 31, 1972

He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.[1]

Irwin died of a heart attack while riding his bike in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on August 8, 1991 at the age of 61.


  1. Reynolds, David West (2002). Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon. Tehabi Books. pp. 166–189. ISBN 0-15-100964-3.