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Robert Rowe Gilruth

  • Joined the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later become the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), upon graduating college.
  • Selected to manage a free-flight guided missile range at Wallops Island, Virginia at the meer age of 31.
  • Directed Project Mercury which was responsible for the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and was accomplished only three years after NASA was created.
  • Named the Director of the Manned Spacecraft Center and assigned the responsibility of designing and developing spacecraft and associated equipment, planning and controlling missions, and training flight crews.
  • Greatly contributed to the success of the Apollo Program.
  • Appointed as Director of Key Personnel Development in 1972 where he identified and helped to prepare the future leaders of NASA.

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