Frank Borman, the astronaut who led the historic mission to orbit the moon, has died at the age of 95. Borman passed away on November 7 in Billings, Mont., after suffering a stroke.
Borman was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1962 due to his discipline and attention to detail. His no-nonsense personality made him well-suited for the demands of space travel. In 1965, he embarked on his first spaceflight aboard Gemini 7, spending 14 days in low-Earth orbit and successfully conducting the first rendezvous in space.
However, Borman’s most remarkable achievement came in 1968 when he commanded the Apollo 8 mission. This mission marked the first time humans had ever circled the moon, accomplishing 10 orbits in total. It was during this mission that Borman and his crew were struck by the breathtaking beauty of the Earth from space, leading to the iconic Earthrise photograph.
Borman’s military background and perfectionist nature greatly influenced his approach to space missions. He strived for excellence in every aspect, aiming for everything to be done perfectly. This dedication and attention to detail earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
After leaving NASA, Borman joined Eastern Airlines and rose to the position of CEO. However, his passion for space exploration never waned. He expressed hope for the United States to return to the moon and even venture to Mars in the future. Borman firmly believed in the importance of pushing the boundaries of human exploration.
Remarkably, Borman had no regrets about not setting foot on the moon himself. His focus was always on beating the Soviet Union in the heated space race of the 1960s. Borman’s unwavering determination and competitive spirit propelled him to become one of the most celebrated figures in the history of space exploration.
With Frank Borman’s passing, the world has lost a true pioneer. His contributions to space exploration will forever be remembered, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of astronauts and dreamers alike.
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