Independent from Long Beach, California on February 27, 1969 · Page 18
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ASTRONAUTS Spacemen Expect Something to Fail INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM}-A-I? U«w B««h. Ctllt.. Tl*gri, Ft*. V, m» (Continued from Page A-1S) experience at far flung bases, combat veteran McDivitt returned to college. * * * * HE ENROLLED at the University of Michigan in 1957 and graduated at the head of his class two years later with aeronautical engineering degree. McDivilt was back in school a month after graduation, this time training to become an Air Force test pilot. He followed that with a year in the Air Force aerospace research pilot's school and finished in time to apply for the second selection of astronauts. He was accepted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1362. McDivitL was command pilot on the four-day Gemini 4 mission in 1965. That flight included America's first space walk, performed by Edward H. White II. Schweickart and S c o t t both earned masters degrees in aeronautics and astronautics at MIT. They were among NASA's third group of astronauts, selected in 1963. Scott was the first of the third group to be named to a prime flight crew. He was the pilot on the 1966 Gemini 8 flight which was forced to make an emergency landing eight hours after launch when a wildly firing thruslcr sent the spacecraft into an uncontrolled spin. McDivitt and his crew have a scholarly, nearly detached, approach to their complex flight. Scott said he and his crewmates had frequent differences of opinion, often just for the sake of thoroughly exploring a difficult problem. "I THINK that's what really makes the crew," says Scott. "Even if I agree with Jim, I'll take the other side, to probe more answers. We've had a good lime together." McDivitt, who's earned both laugh w r i n k l e s around his blue eyes and graying hair, is fond of water sports, owns a boat, but finds little time for it. "I had it o u t o n e time last year," he says with a grin. "I figured it probably cost me $800 an hour to use it. I had it out for about 15 minutes. Would you like to buy a good boat?" McDivitt is married to the former Patricia A. Haas of Cleveland, Ohio, a former social worker. She frequently is a substitute teacher at Clear Creek schools near the Manned Spacecraft Center. The couple has four children, Michael, 11; Ann, 10; Patrick, 8, and Kathleen, 2. SCOTT IS a muscular six- footer who looks younger than his 36 years. He's particularly interested in the rendezvous phase of the Apollo 9 mission. He worked on details of such maneuvers while a student at MIT. CAPE KENNEDY (UP1) -- The three Apollo 9 astronauts expect something to fail during the 10 days they spend in Earth orbit on the most complex space- flight the United States has attempted. "We have two vehicles and the chances are double that something will stop working," Apollo 9 commander James A. McDivitt said in an interview. "I think something is going to fail. 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