Richard F. Gordon, Jr., in full Richard Francis Gordon, Jr., (born October 5, 1929, Seattle, Washington, U.S.—died November 6, 2017, San Marcos, California), American astronaut who accompanied Charles Conrad on the September 1966 flight of Gemini 11. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, as the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 12 mission. On the flight, Gordon performed two EVAs, which included attaching a tether to the Agena and retrieving a nuclear emulsion experiment package. Gordon has married twice, with six children: Carleen (born July 8, 1954), Richard (born October 6, 1955), Lawrence (born December 18, 1957), Thomas (born March 25, 1959), James (born April 26, 1960; deceased) and Diane (born April 23, 1961). In March 1982 he became President of Astro Sciences Corporation. He has two stepchildren, Traci (born May 30, 1966) and Christopher (born May 10, 1970) with his wife Linda. Since leaving NASA, Gordon has served as Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints Professional Football Club in the National Football League (1972–76); was General Manager of Energy Developers, Limited (EDL), a Texas Partnership involved in a joint venture with Rocket Research Corporation for the development of a liquid chemical explosive for use in the oil and gas industry (1977); President of Resolution Engineering and Development Company (REDCO) which provided design and operational requirements for wild oil well control and fire fighting equipment onboard large semi-submersible utility vessels (1978); following REDCO merger with Amarco Resources, Gordon assumed the additional duties of Vice President of Marketing, Westdale, an oil well servicing subsidiary of AMARCO operating in North Central Texas and Oklahoma, and also served as Vice President for Operations, Texas Division (1980); served as Director, Scott Science and Technology, Inc., Los Angeles Division (1981–1983). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Niagara University in 1972.

), is a former American naval officer and aviator, chemist, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. Selected by NASA in October 1963 as one of the third group of astronauts, Richard F. Gordon Jr. served on both Gemini and Apollo Programs. in Chemistry, Gordon received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1953. Corrections? Announcing our NEW encyclopedia for Kids! Richard Francis "Dick" Gordon, Jr. (October 5, 1929 – November 6, 2017), (Capt, USN, Ret. He was also flight safety officer, assistant operations officer, and ground training officer for Fighter Squadron 96 (VF-96) at Miramar. He served with Fighter Squadron 121 (VF-121) at the Naval Air Station Miramar, California, as a flight instructor in the F4H-1 and participated in the introduction of that aircraft to the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo, Washington, then received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington in 1951.


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