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Rusty Schweickart

Rusty SchweickartAKA Russell Louis Schweickart

Born: 25-Oct-1935
Birthplace: Neptune, NJ

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Apollo 9 Lunar Module pilot

Military service: US Air Force and Air National Guard (1956 to 1963)

Rusty Schweickart was the first person to pilot the Lunar Module (9 Apollo 1969), a test of the craft that would later put men on the moon. Schweickart was one of the first astronauts to space-walk without a tether, and one the first to transmit live TV pictures from space (along with crew members James McDivitt and David Scott. Schweickart is also credited with development of the hardware and procedures which prolonged the life of the Skylab space station. He has logged 241 hours in space.

After his retirement from NASA, Schweickart served for two years as the assistant for science and technology to Governor Jerry Brown of California (1977-79), and served in the Governor's office for two years as his assistant for science and technology. In 1979 Schweickart was appointed Commissioner of Energy for the State of California, serving five years.

Now a retired business and government executive, Schweickart is currently Chairman of the Board of the B612 Foundation, a private non-profit foundation that champions the development of a space system that could protect the Earth from future asteroid impacts. Schweickart also founded the Association of Space Explorers which published the international best seller The Home Planet.

Wife: Clare G. Whitfield (div.)
Wife: Nancy Ramsey
Daughter: Vicki
Son: Randolph
Son: Russell,
Daughter: Elin
Daughter: Diana

    High School: Manasquan High School, NJ
    University: B S Aeronautical Engineering, MIT
    University: MS Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

    American Astronautical Society Fellow
    Association of Space Explorers
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

    For All Mankind (Jan-1989) [VOICE]

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