Sunday, July 18, 1999
The Moon Landing 30 Years Later
Ohio leads nation in number of astronauts

Milton Presar walks past a mural of hometown hero Neil Armstrong painted on a storefront in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        The state that calls itself the Birthplace of Aviation (because the Wright brothers lived in Dayton) also happens to be the nation's leading birthplace for astronauts.

        NASA reports that 23 Ohio natives have become astronauts in the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs — more than any other state. Among the best known:

        • John Glenn, New Concord: Flew in Mercury program as the first American to orbit the Earth. Went on to become a U.S. senator. After launching Oct. 29 on space shuttle mission STS-95, he became the oldest man in space.

        • Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta: Flew in Gemini 8 and Apollo 11. He was the first man to walk on the moon. Mr. Armstrong was a University of Cincinnati professor from 1972 to 1980. A space museum in his honor is in Wapakoneta.

        • James Lovell Jr., Cleveland: Flew in Gemini 7 and 12 and Apollo 8 and 13. Mr. Lovell was commander of the fateful mission featured in the movie Apollo 13, which depicted the near-disaster of the only failed attempt to land men on the moon.

        • Judith Resnik, Akron: Flew in shuttle missions STS-41 and STS- 51L. Ms. Resnik died in the Challenger explosion in 1986.

        Other Ohio astronauts: Karl Henize, Cincinnati; Charles Bassett, Dayton; Kenneth Cameron, Cleveland; Nancy Currie, Troy; Donn Eisele, Columbus; Michael Gernhardt, Mansfield; Gregory Harbaugh, Cleveland.

        Also: Thomas Hennen, Columbus; Terence “Tom” Henricks, Bryan; David Low, Cleveland; Robert Overmeyer, Lorain; Ronald Parise, Warren; Ronald Sega, Cleveland; Robert Springer, Ashland; Donald Thomas, Cleveland; Carl Walz, Cleveland; and Mary Ellen Weber, Cleveland.

        Michael Foreman, Columbus, and Sunita Williams, Euclid, were selected to the NASA astronaut class of 1998.


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