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James Benson Irwin

  • Birth 17 Mar 1930 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 8 Aug 1991 Glenwood Springs, Garfield County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Section 3 Lot 2503-G-2 Grid Q-15.5
  • Memorial ID 1782

Astronaut. After he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1951, he joined the US Air Force, earned his pilot wings and became a flight instructor. After various services assigned to a top-secret test missions, he was accepted in the astronaut program in 1966. At NASA, he was put in charge of the testing program for the lunar landing module that was being built. On July 30, 1971, Irwin piloted Apollo 15's lunar module Falcon, touching down in a plain near the moon's Apennine mountain range. The next day he became the eighth American to walk on the moon. He retired from NASA in 1972 and founded the High Flight Foundation, an interdenominational religious organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1782
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Benson Irwin (17 Mar 1930–8 Aug 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1782, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .