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George Mueller, ‘Father of Space Shuttle’ Dies at 97 on Oct 12, 2015 Due to Heart Failure

George Mueller, ‘Father of Space Shuttle’ Dies at 97 on Oct 12, 2015 Due to Hear

October 1 2 2015, marks the death of a famous NASA scientist and NASA's Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight Program, George Mueller. George was the leader of the U.S. space agency's spaceflight who introduced a new approach to testing and made a historic moon landing in 1960s during his term as NASA's Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight from 1963 to 1969.

On July 21, 1969, Dr. Mueller wrote in The New York Times “This day man’s oldest dream is made a reality, this day the ancient bonds tying him to the earth have been broken”. It was the day after which Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind on the lunar surface. In less than three months before the assassination of Kennedy in 1963, Dr. Mueller was confirmed in as deputy associate administrator for manned spaceflight of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

In 1971, Dr. Mueller was awarded the National Medal of Science for ‘his many individual contributions’ to the Apollo system by President Richard M. Nixon. John M. Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute, said that the moon landing mission of President Kennedy could not be achieved without the tough-minded management of the Apollo program.

Among his significant contributions was the ‘all up’ philosophy of rocket and spacecraft testing, which was the form of examining everything that is used for space mission all at once. It was all due to George’s ‘all up’ testing, which made the first manned lunar landing possible in 1969.

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