The 12 members of the most exclusive club in human history had many things in common. All came from a highly technical background and all but one studied aeronautical or astronautical engineering. Growing up, many had been Boy Scouts and even more were active members of their University fraternities. They all went on to study for further degrees – many at military test pilot schools – and almost all of them saw active service in cold war skies, often flying nuclear weapons behind enemy lines. These high-risk professions often claimed the lives of those to the left and right of them and frequently it was only luck that kept them alive long enough to apply to Nasa. We might expect such parallel lives in men picked through a selection process devised to seek out “the right stuff”. But despite the similarities in their CVs, no two men were from the same mould, as became evident in the years after Apollo. First: Neil Armstrong, commander Apollo 11 Trips into space: Two – Gemini VIII, Apollo 11Time spent on the moon: 21 hours 31 minutes 20 secondsMost famous for: Being the first man to set foot on the moon Neil Armstrong was… Read full this story
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