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heng44
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posted 11-11-2017 02:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Richard Gordon, 1929-2017

Philip
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posted 11-11-2017 04:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great tribute Ed!

LM-12
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posted 11-11-2017 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The photo of Apollo 15 backup commander Richard Gordon wearing those
yellow stripes
would also be appropriate, considering what day it is today.

(Dan Schaiewitz had suggested that the yellow stripes were to honour the troops.)

heng44
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posted 11-11-2017 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As I have explained elsewhere, the reason for the yellow stripes was probably photographic.

Prime and backup crews did their EVA training both on the same day on May 27, 1971. I have seen a roll of negatives covering both prime and backup crew training. You can see that Gordon has yellow tape over the red stripes on his suit, so I am quite sure it was to distinguish him from Scott on the same roll of film. After that the yellow tape was probably just left on the suit, so it is also present in training pics of June 30.

Headshot
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posted 11-11-2017 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Headshot   Click Here to Email Headshot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great picture of a wonderful man.

Kite
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posted 11-11-2017 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fitting tribute at this appropriate sad time Ed. A very nice portrait of a space legend who stayed with the Apollo programme hoping to walk on the Moon. Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, it didn't happen, but the testimonials to him say it all.

SkyMan1958
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posted 11-11-2017 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SkyMan1958   Click Here to Email SkyMan1958     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice pic!

Wehaveliftoff
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posted 11-12-2017 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wehaveliftoff   Click Here to Email Wehaveliftoff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
He had it all, including some rather good looks.

Buel
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posted 11-12-2017 02:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My wife and I have been married since 2015 and have been together for over ten years and love each other very much... but even I felt ever-so-slightly uncomfortable last year at Spacefest when the then 87 year old Dick Gordon started talking to my wife. Damn that man had character and personality.

I remember saying to him "You really were one of the most handsome of all the astronauts weren't you?", to which he replied "Were?"!! How wonderful!!

Grounded!
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posted 11-12-2017 10:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know how you feel. He had a way with the ladies. After meeting and talking with him, my wife remarked about how "ruggedly handsome" he was. He has been her favorite astronaut ever since.

Ronpur
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posted 11-12-2017 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ronpur   Click Here to Email Ronpur     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I can't even feel sad looking at that photo, because it makes me smile too much.

mikepf
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posted 11-12-2017 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great photo tribute of a great American. The occasion for posting, not so great. Thanks for putting this one up.

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