National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: James Benson Irwin (Colonel, USAF, Retired)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born March 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- 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).
- 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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