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Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
(5 Oct 1929 - )

American astronaut and pilot who was the pilot for the three-day Gemini XI mission (1966), on which he made two extra-vehicular activities. He also flew for ten days in space on Apollo XII (1969).


Science Quotes by Richard F. Gordon, Jr. (1 quote)

Photo of astronaut Richard Gordon in space suit (no helmet) standing in front of a lunar module (displayed on Earth).
(Sep 1969) (source)
There’s nothing between you and oblivion except a pressure suit, and you just can’t afford to get out there and get in a big rush and tangle yourself up where nobody can help you. … The biggest thing I’ve learned from the people that have gone in the past, you simply have to take your time, and you can’t exhaust yourself.
— Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
In AP feed newspaper articles, for example, in the Bridgewater, NJ, The Courier-News (7 Sep 1966), 8. First and last phrases quoted in John Barbour, Footprints on the Moon (1969), 110.
Science quotes on:  |  Exhaust (22)  |  Help (106)  |  Learn (632)  |  Learned (235)  |  Nobody (104)  |  Nothing (969)  |  Oblivion (10)  |  Past (337)  |  People (1005)  |  Pressure (63)  |  Rush (18)  |  Suit (11)  |  Tangle (6)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Time (1877)


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