Ronald Evans (astronaut)

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Ronald E. Evans Jr.
Ronald Evans.jpg
Born(1933-11-10)November 10, 1933
DiedApril 7, 1990(1990-04-07) (aged 56)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesRonald Ellwin Evans Jr.
Alma materUniversity of Kansas, B.S. 1956
NPS, M.S. 1964
OccupationNaval aviator, engineer
AwardsNASA Distinguished Service Medal.jpg Air Medal front.jpg
Space career
NASA Astronaut
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Captain, USN
Time in space
12d 13h 52m
Selection1966 NASA Group 5
Total EVAs
1
Total EVA time
1 hour 5 minutes
MissionsApollo 17
Mission insignia
Apollo 17-insignia.png
RetirementMarch 15, 1977

Ronald Ellwin Evans Jr. (November 10, 1933 – April 7, 1990), (Capt, USN), was an American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut. He was one of 24 people to have flown to the Moon.

Biography[change | change source]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Evans was born on November 10, 1933, in St. Francis, Kansas. His parents were Clarence Ellwin Evans (1911–1985) and Marie A. Evans (née Priebe; 1913–1992). He had two siblings, Larry Joe Evans (1935–1951) and Jay Evans.[1] He was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. He graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas in 1951. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1956.[2] He received a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1964. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Society of Sigma Xi, and Sigma Nu.[3]

NASA career[change | change source]

Evans was one of the 19 astronauts chosen by NASA in April 1966.[4] He served as a member of the astronaut support crews for the Apollo 7 and Apollo 11 flights. He was in the backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo 14.[3][5]

"Hot diggety dog!"

Evans, upon taking his first steps in space.[6]
The Blue Marble, an iconic photograph of Earth, is credited to the three crewmen of Apollo 17.

Later years[change | change source]

Evans retired from NASA in March 1977. He wanted to get a career in the coal industry.[3] Later, he worked with Western American Energy Corporation in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was Director of Space Systems Marketing for Sperry Flight Systems.[7]

He died in his sleep of a heart attack in Scottsdale, Arizona, on April 7, 1990. He was survived by his widow Jan; his daughter, Jaime D. Evans (born August 21, 1959); and his son, Jon P. Evans (born October 9, 1961).[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. Ron Evans' family
  2. "Ronald E. Evans". kshs.org. Kansas State Historical Society. January 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "NASA Biography". NASA JSC. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. Thompson, Ronald (April 5, 1966). "19 New Spacemen Are Named". The High Point Enterprise. High Point, North Carolina. p. 2A – via Newspapers.com.
  5. Howell, Elizabeth (April 23, 2013). "Ron Evans: Apollo 17 Command Module Pilot". Space.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  6. Ron Evans quotation
  7. "Ronald E. Evans". Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. Archived from the original on November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  8. Date of death according to death certificate issued by the State of Arizona on April 27, 1990, Certificate Number 169985, signed by G.E. Bolduc, MD.

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