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George Muller, former scientist and engineer with the American space agency NASA, has died due to cognitive heart failure. The NASA veteran died on October 12 at his Irvin home at the age of 97.
George Muller has been known for his work to start the Skylab and space shuttle programs. The news of his death was revealed by a family spokesman.
Mueller as deputy associate administrator was head of NASA's Office of Manned Spaceflight from 1963 to 1969. During this tenure at NASA, he took the responsibility of the space agency's Cold War-era mission through the Apollo program to land a manned mission on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
One of the most remarkable contributions made by Muller includes the 'all up' philosophy. According to 'all up' philosophy everything had to be examined before been used for a space mission all at once.
According to NASA history, "It is clear that without all-up testing, the first manned lunar landing could not have taken place as early as 1969".
While working with NASA, Muller headed three space flight centers i.e. the Marshall Space Flight Center, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Manned Spacecraft Center, now known as the Johnson Space Center.
Before Mueller joined NASA he was the vice president of Space Technology Laboratories in Los Angeles. Mueller left NASA in 1969 after the accomplishment of the Apollo 11 mission, the first manned lunar landing.
After leaving NASA he served as the senior vice president of General Dynamics, chairman and chief executive of System Development Corp. and CEO of Kistler Aerospace.