Did You Know The Amazing Story About The Astronaut From Neptune City, New Jersey?
We're all hearing a lot of space stuff in the past week or so with Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson taking themselves into space, and we all know that one of the most famous astronauts to ever live, Buzz Aldrin, is a Jersey boy, but have you met the astronaut that was born in Neptune City? well, you're about to.
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When you hear about an astronaut who did amazing things in the space program and find out he was born in Neptune City, you naturally want to know more about him. So say hello to Russell "Rusty" Schweickart.
According to the NASA website, Rusty was on of the astronauts named in the fall of 1963, and he did some exciting amazing things. Let's check out just some of them.
He was the lunar module pilot for Apollo 9 (the first manned flight of the lunar module).
On that flight during an EVA, he tested the life support backpack that would eventually be used on the surface of the moon.
He was the backup commander for Skylab in 1973.
He transmitted the first live TV pictures from space, and was awarded a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Special Trustees Award (Emmy) in 1969 it.
After graduating Manasquan High School, he went on to MIT to receive a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree.
What a great story, and what an amazing career for a Manasquan High School graduate and a Neptune City boy. You can get some more awesome information at Rusty's website.