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Frank Borman

Frank BormanAKA Frank Frederick Borman II

Born: 14-Mar-1928
Birthplace: Gary, IN

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronaut

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First to circumnavigate moon

Military service: US Air Force (1950-)

Commander of the 1968 Apollo 8 Mission, Frank Borman led the first team of astronauts to leave Earth's gravity and orbit the Moon. The Apollo 8 mission provided mankind's first close-up view of the lunar surface and of the dark side of the Moon.

Previously, in 1965, Borman (and Jim Lovell) crewed Gemini 7 in the first Space Orbital Rendezvous, linking their craft with the Gemini 6 craft manned by Wally Schirra and Tom Stafford. On the same mission, Borman and Lovell became the first men to spend 14 continuous days in space. In 1967 Borman served on the Apollo 204 Fire Investigation Board (he been an assistant professor of thermodynamics and fluid dynamics at West Point), and later headed the team that re-engineered the Apollo spacecraft. During his time at NASA he also served as Field Director for the Space Station Task Force.

In 1970 he retired from the Air Force in to work for Eastern Airlines, serving many years as CEO of the airline. He retired from Eastern in June of 1986. Borman later worked with the Patlex Corporation. He has also served as a Special Presidential Ambassador to nations of the Far East. He sought to raise support abroad for release of American P.O.W.s held by North Vietnam.

Among Borman's many honors and awards are the the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal. In 1990 he and fellow Apollo 8 crewmen Lovell and Anders were inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame. Borman was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1993.

Father: Edwin Borman
Mother: Marjorie (d.)
Wife: Susan Bugbee (m. 1950, two sons)
Son: Frederick
Son: Edwin

    University: BS, US Military Academy, West Point (1950)
    University: MS Aeronautical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1957)
    University: Advanced Management Program, Harvard Business School (1970)

    Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
    Eastern Airlines CEO (1970-86)
    Member of the Board of Eastern Airlines (1974, as Chairman, 1976-)
    Alfalfa Club President, 1968
    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Order of DeMolay Tucson, AZ 1943
    George W. Bush for President
    National Space Society Board of Governors
    Congressional Space Medal of Honor 1978
    National Aviation Hall of Fame
    Time Person of the Year 1968
    Traveled to the USSR Jul-1969
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer

Author of books:
Countdown: An Autobiography of Frank Borman (1988, memoir, with Robert J. Serling)


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