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[i]As a kid, Sam Beddingfield saved his money to pay for flying lessons, thrilled by the speed and the notion of flight.
That boy, who loved "just being up in the air," went on to become an engineer who helped launch the nation into space.
Beddingfield was a pioneer in the country's space program, arriving in Florida in 1959 to work at what became the Kennedy Space Center. He was lured to NASA by his friend Gus Grissom, who that year was named one of the country's first seven astronauts.[/i]
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