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John Houbolt, NASA engineer who fought for Apollo moon landing method, dies

Were it not for John Houbolt, the United States might never have landed men on the moon.

The engineer, who died on Tuesday (April 15) at the age of 95, successfully sold the country's space program leaders on an alternate flight plan, Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR), which ultimately led to the six Apollo moon landings of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Houbolt's death was confirmed by a spokesman for NASA on Thursday.

Before Houbolt began championing LOR as the way to go to the moon, NASA's rocket scientists, including Wernher von Braun, envisioned lunar missions of a type now more often associated with early science fiction. In the original plan, a large rocket would fly directly from the Earth to the moon, landing on its tail and blasting off the lunar surface for a direct return to Earth.

"They were going to send a vehicle the size of [a 100-foot (30 meter)] Atlas [rocket] to the moon with absolutely zero help and land it backwards," Houbolt described in a 2008 interview with NASA. "I said, 'It cannot be done.'"

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The United States and the world owes a huge debt of gratitude to John Houbolt and his vision and tenacity.

Houbolt is one of those people, according to Buzz Aldrin, whose efforts and achievements in Apollo deserve far more recognition.

Godspeed and thank you.

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We have lost a real giant with the passing of John Houbolt.

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Time to watch To The Moon again, in honor of John Houbolt. He is paid his due respect and admiration in that documentary. RIP.

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I wrote to him quite a few years back and got a very nice response.

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An unsung hero, indeed.

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I can't say it any better than YankeeClipper did.

Rest in Peace Dr. Houbolt and thank you for not taking no for an answer.

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His little bit of lateral thinking made it all happen!

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"Somewhat as a voice in the wilderness..." Thus began a letter from John Houbolt to NASA's Dr Robert Seamans on 15th November, 1961. But by dint of his tenacity and determination to champion the idea of Lunar Orbit Rendezvous he emerged from the wilderness and on 20th July 1969, as the "Eagle" settled onto the dust of the Sea of Tranquillity, Wernher von Braun turned, caught his eye, and said: "John, it worked beautifully."

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Thank you, Dr. Houbolt, for having the courage to fight for what you knew was right in the face of powerful resistance. You are a true hero. History is in your debt.

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Ditto, Yankee Clipper.

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