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[i]The Welsh astronaut who missed out on the chance of becoming one of the first men on the moon because he had problems learning to fly has died, aged 80.
Cardiff-born Dr John "Tony" Llewellyn resigned from NASA's spaceman corps in 1968, less than 12 months before the historic lunar landings which could have seen his name added to the cosmic annals of history.
In the role for just 12 months, Llewellyn took the torturous decision to opt out because he'd failed to master piloting jet aircraft "blindfolded" — a mandatory part of his training.
"Astronauts had to be supermen back then," said his 67-year-old brother Roger, who’d grown up with him and their other sibling David in the Adamsdown area of the capital.
"They'd black-out the cockpits and you'd have to rely on some sort of seventh sense about whether or not the plane was losing altitude, and if that didn’t kick in you'd be in trouble."
“My brother didn't have that instinct, but what he did have was a brilliant talent for chemistry and that’s the reason NASA gave him a job in the first place."[/i]
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