Last Surviving Astronaut From First Manned Apollo Mission Dead At 90

This image provided by NASA shows the Orion spacecraft approaching Earth on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, as it neared the end of its three-week test flight to the moon. (NASA via AP)

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  • “We would like to express our immense pride in the life that he lived, and our deep gratitude for the man that he was – a patriot, an explorer, pilot, astronaut, husband, brother, and father. The world has lost another true hero, and we will miss him dearly,” Cunningham’s family said in a statement.
  • Cunningham, born on March 16, 1932, in Creston, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy in 1951, where he served on active duty with the Marines.
  • In Korea, he completed 54-night missions as a fighter pilot.

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