Frank Borman “American Hero” who led the first lunar mission in 1968 died at 95

Frank Borman “American Hero” who led the first lunar mission in 1968 died at 95

Frank Borman is an American astronaut who was known throughout the world as having made history by circling the moon in 1968. It was told by Jim McCarthy who is the spokesman for the family mentioned that Mr. Frank Borman had a stroke in the early morning of Tuesday at a retirement community and was pronounced dead at the Billings Clinic.

Frank Borman was the commander of the lunar mission of 1968 during which he and his crew crewmates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were the first people to circle the moon and leave their marks in history.

frank borman with his crew mates in an astronaut suit.
Left to right: Frank Borman, commander of 3-man Apollo 8 crew, William A. Anders and James A. Lovell, Jr., Dec. 21, 1968. They will attempt an orbital flight around the moon during the Christmas holidays. (AP Photo)

During the mission while encircling the end side of the moon, Frank Borman sent a radio message back to home when looking at the Earth saying” From the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck and merry Christmas, and God bless all of you—all of you on the good Earth.”

Frank Fredrick Borman was born in Gary, Indiana on March 14,1928. Edwin Borman, his father ran an automobile garage. Due to Frank’s respiratory problems, doctor had recommended his father to shift their place to a drier climate. Therefore, in 1933 the family shifted to Tucson, Arizona. In Tucson , Frank’s father started operating a mobile gas station meanwhile Frank’s mother Marjorie Borman was able to add in extra income to the family by taking in boarders.

Frank Borman was very intrigued with flights as a young child and got his interest in it started when he took his first flight with is father in a Biplane when he was just 5 years old. He would often build airplane models from wood and take flying lessons, by the age of 15 he received his first pilot license.

Frank Borman had decided on his early days to become a fighter pilot. Later on he got admitted into West Point where he took his flight lessons and ranked near to top of the class and was sent by the Air force for further flight training.

When Frank Borman was just about to join the Korean War he unfortunately had damaged his ear drum and was told by doctors that he would be never be able to fly again. Frank Borman still insisted on taking more shot at flying that is when it proved that he is still flight worthy and that his ear drums are not a problem.

When the Air Force ordered him back to school, he reluctantly took another break from flying jet fighters. He received his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the California Institute of Technology before joining the West Point faculty.

He was eager to play a role in the space race between the United States and Russia. In 1962, NASA selected him as an astronaut, and he began training for space missions.

He spent 14 days orbiting the Earth in 1965 as part of the Gemini 7 mission, which was designed to test humans’ ability to survive long periods crammed into a space capsule. One of the few books he brought with him was Mark Twain’s “Roughing It.”

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