MONTANA, Nov. 10, 2023

From our Overseas Bureau

The man who led the first ever space mission around the Moon on Apollo 8, former N.A.S.A. astraunat Frank Borman has died.

Reportedly, Frank Borman passed away in Billings, Montana at the age of 95 years. His career began in the Air Force in 1950, serving as a fighter pilot, operational pilot and instructor.

Frank Borman’s talents led to him being selected by N.A.S.A. to instruct at the Aerospace Research Pilot School at Edwards AFB, California. Prior to the Apollo Expedition, Frank Borman was on the Gemini 7 Spacecraft in 1965, spending 14 days in low-Earth orbit and conducting the first orbital rendezvous in space with Gemini 6.

After retiring as an astronaut, Frank Borman led the troubled Eastern Airlines in 1975. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1993 and had a section of expressway between Indiana and Illinois named after him. 

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