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Fred Ordway dies at 87; scientist worked on '2001: A Space Odyssey'
Fred Ordway dies at 87; scientist worked on '2001: A Space Odyssey'

The pulp science-fiction magazine was left by a maid in his family's posh upper eastside apartment. Fred Ordway picked it up, and knew from that moment what he would grow up to be. Ordway, 87, who died July 1 in Huntsville, Ala., devoured science-fiction magazines after that — chronicles of flying saucers, green aliens and Buck Rogers. His fascination would propel him to the inner circle of leading American aeronautical scientists, working alongside Wernher von Braun at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Born when ice was still delivered by horse cart, Ordway joined teams that sent Apollo astronauts to the moon. And then, having seen his childhood fantasies made...

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