James Irwin

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James B. Irwin
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James Benson Irwin

(1930-03-17)March 17, 1930
DiedAugust 8, 1991(1991-08-08) (aged 61)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Alma materUSNA, B.S. 1951
University of Michigan, M.S. 1957
OccupationTest pilot
AwardsNASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel, USAF
Time in space
12d 07h 12m
Selection1966 NASA Group 5
Total EVAs
4 (3 EVAs were on the moon, while his 4th EVA was a stand-up)
Total EVA time
18 hours 35 minutes
MissionsApollo 15
Mission insignia
Apollo 15-insignia.png
RetirementJuly 31, 1972

James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 – August 8, 1991) (Col, USAF) was an American astronaut and test pilot.

He was the eighth person to walk on the Moon and the first, and youngest, of those astronauts to die.[1]

Irwin died of a heart attack while riding his bike in Glenwood Springs, Colorado on August 8, 1991 at the age of 61.

References[change | change source]

  1. Reynolds, David West (2002). Apollo: The Epic Journey to the Moon. Tehabi Books. pp. 166–189. ISBN 0-15-100964-3.