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Richard Gordon

Richard Gordon was an American astronaut who was born on October 5, 1929, in Washington. Before he became an astronaut, Gordon was a Naval test pilot. He has flown over 4500 hours.

Gordon became an astronaut in 1963. He has spent over 316 hours in space on two spaceflights.

Gordon made his first spaceflight aboard Gemini 11 in 1966. In 1969, Gordon piloted the command module of Apollo 12. He orbited the moon while his fellow astronauts explored the surface of the moon.



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