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Biographical Data



NAME: James Benson Irwin (Colonel, USAF, Retired)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born March 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

EDUCATION:
Received bachelor of science from the U.S. Naval Academy (1951), master of science in aeronautical and instrumentation engineering from the University of Michigan (1957).

MARITAL STATUS:
Married.

CHILDREN:
Four.

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NASA EXPERIENCE:
Was chosen with the fifth group of a astronauts in 1966. He was backup lunar module pilot for Apollo 12 and lunar module pilot for Apollo 15 (eighth man to walk on the Moon). Colonel Irwin resigned from NASA and the Air Force in July 1972 to form a Christian organization, "High Flight Foundation," in Colorado Springs, Colorado, of which he is Chairman of the Board. His book, TO RULE THE NIGHT, describes his early life, selection into the astronaut program, conversion to Christ, and experiences on Apollo 15. Prior to his death in 1991, Colonel Irwin was an active lay witness for Christ. Additionally, he participated in trips to Asia (Turkey) in search for Noah's Ark.

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