gusgrissom: Busy day of astronaut birthdays! H…

gusgrissom:

Busy day of astronaut birthdays! Happy birthday to…

James Benson “Jim” Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991), the LMP on Apollo 15, who would’ve been 88 today. Jim was the eighth man to walk on the moon and the first (and youngest) moonwalker to pass away.

Thomas Kenneth “Ken” Mattingly II (born March 17, 1936), original CMP for Apollo 13, CMP on Apollo 16, and commander of STS-4 and STS-51-C, who turns 82 today!

Kalpana “K.C.” Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003), mission specialist on STS-87 and STS-107 and the first Indian woman in space, who would’ve turned 56 years old today.