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posted 12-02-2011 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I found this photo from a private gathering of astronauts in December 1981 very poignant.

Some of the faces are instantly recognizable and familiar from modern gatherings. Others are easy to recognize as they hadn't changed much since their missions 10 years previously but I must admit I struggled to recognize Swigert and Eisele at first glance.

Seeing this photo is a sharp reminder that too many of these guys died way too early - Swigert at 51, Evans at 56, Eisele at 57, Irwin and Roosa at 61.


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posted 12-02-2011 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kyra   Click Here to Email kyra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool photo but very bittersweet as well. Life beyond spaceflight where the years pass and they all grow together. They could have all been awaiting a moon trip or could have just gathered for a game of cards and laughter after the picture was taken. Stuart Roosa looks somewhat sullen. Theres something almost poetic and very "real" about this pic.


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posted 12-03-2011 01:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for golddog     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who is the guy third from left standing?

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posted 12-03-2011 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Third from left standing (in the grey suit) is Bill Anders.

So back row, left to right: Swigert, Irwin, Anders, Evans, Worden and Roosa. Front row, seated, left to right: Cernan, Cunningham, and Eisele.

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