The former commander of two pivotal NASA missions passed away this month.
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On Monday, NASA announced that former astronaut Jim McDivitt died at the age of 93.
He was commander of Gemini IV, where he rocketed to space with Ed White, the astronaut who completed the first U.S. spacewalk in 1965.
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McDivitt spent more than 14 days off Earth over the course of his career.
Here are 10 images from McDivitt’s monumental missions:
10. McDivitt captured this portrait of astronaut Ed White during the first U.S. spacewalk in 1965.
8. After their capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, McDivitt (front) and Ed White were carried to land via helicopter.
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6. McDivitt (left) and astronauts David Scott and Russell Schweickart suit up for a simulated flight before the launch of Apollo 9.
5. Apollo 9 lifts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on March 3, 1969.
4. Two of Apollo 9’s modules are docked here, with Scott in the center.
3. McDivitt captured this image of Schweickart outside on the “porch” of Apollo 9’s lunar module.
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