Richard S. Gordon

Astronaut Richard Gordon, who circled the moon on Apollo 12, dies at 88

Astronaut Richard Gordon, who circled the moon on Apollo 12, dies at 88

Former Apollo 12 astronaut Richard Gordon, one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but never landed there, has died, NASA announced Tuesday. He was 88.

Gordon was a test pilot chosen in NASA's third group of astronauts in 1963.

He flew on Gemini 11 in 1966, walking in space twice. During the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969, Gordon circled the moon in the command module Yankee Clipper while Alan Bean and Charles Conrad landed the lunar module Intrepid and walked on the moon’s surface.

Gordon died Monday at his home in California, according to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

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