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Jim McDivitt Autographed Photos

Jim McDivitt Autographed PhotosJames Alton McDivitt (Brig Gen, USAF Ret.) (born June 10, 1929) is a former NASA astronaut.

General McDivitt was selected as an astronaut by NASA in September 1962 as part of Astronaut Group 2.

He was command pilot for Gemini 4, a 66-orbit 4-day mission that began on June 3 and ended June 7, 1965. McDivitt became the first of his group to be named as commander of his own mission. Highlights of the mission included a controlled extra-vehicular activity period and a number of experiments.

After Gemini 4, he, along with Astronaut Group 3 astronauts David Scott and Russell Schweickart were named as members of the backup crew to the ill-fated Apollo 1 mission, but were replaced by Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walter Cunningham as backups and instead, were named prime crew members of the Apollo 2 mission. After the Apollo 1 fire, the backup Apollo 1 crew flew as the prime crew for Apollo 7 and McDivitt served as commander of Apollo 9, a 10-day earth orbital flight launched on March 3, 1969. Originally to be the second manned flight, as Apollo 8, the Lunar Module that was having problems and with the possibilities of a Soviet Moonshot by then end of 1968, NASA decided to make Apollo 8 a circumlunar flight, and offered the flight to McDivitt and his crew, which they declined since they were training to fly the first LM since 1966. The revised Apollo 8 flight went to Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders, and the Earth-orbital LM test flight became Apollo 9.

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Jim McDivitt Autographed Photos