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Jack Albert "Mr. Fixit" Kinzler
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Birth: Jan. 9, 1920
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 4, 2014
Taylor Lake Village
Harris County
Texas, USA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Scientist. Most famous for finding solutions to NASA problems, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Fixit." In 1973, when the Skylab Space Station lost a solar panel and shield, which left it exposed to a dangerous level of solar heat, he created a heat-resistant 24-by-28-foot sun umbrella for Skylab and found a way to open it outside the spacecraft. This work on the $2.6 billion Skylab earned Mr. Kinzler NASA's Distinguished Service Medal and is generally considered to have been the "signature achievement of his career," since without a solar panel and shield, temperatures inside Skylab could have risen higher than 130 degrees Fahrenheit, making the spacecraft basically useless. In 1961, Mr. Kinzler established the Technical Services Division at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he led approximately 180 technicians in the various tasks required by the space program, including machining and sheet metal work, modeling, electronics, electroplating, among others, along with a field test branch. He was Chief of this division until 1977. In the late sixties, Mr. Kinzler was asked by the agency's head, Robert Gilruth, for ideas on how to create public excitement for the planned moon landing. He suggested creating a flag to plant on the moon by the astronauts. The project was quickly approved. He used a standard nylon flag, which he found could withstand the intense temperatures on the moon. He put an aluminum telescoping tube in the top, with a latch on it, and a hinge that allowed it to be pulled out, and as they extended the tube, the flag would ripple. The first flag was planted on the moon's surface by Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin on July 20 1969. In his early twenties, Mr. Kinzler joined an aeronautical laboratory in Langley, Virginia, and over the next eighteen years rose from apprentice modeller and toolmaker to become assistant supervisor of the laboratory. In 1958 the lab became part of the newly-founded National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This moved him to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he helped build mock-up space capsules for the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. He displayed a creative mind, which was most needed when things went wrong. "Whenever we run into trouble," Mr. Kinzler said in 1973, "that's when I really get interested." In addition to designing the moon-landing flags (raised on all six landings), Mr. Kinzler produced the plaques left behind bearing the words: "Here Men from the Planet Earth first set foot upon the moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind." It bore the names of the first astronauts to land on the moon, Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins, along with that of President Nixon.
 
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: Daddys♥Girl
Record added: Mar 20, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126611813
Jack Albert Mr. Fixit Kinzler
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Jack Albert Mr. Fixit Kinzler
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- Daddys♥Girl
 Added: May. 31, 2014
With honor and respect. ★☆★
- sniksnak
 Added: May. 25, 2014

- Diane Lancaster Lovejoy
 Added: May. 5, 2014
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