Apollo 13 Flight Director Passes Away At 84

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Legendary NASA Flight Director Glynn Lunney has died at the age of 84.

Lunney was the lead flight director for Apollo Seven, the first with a crew. He was also lead director of Apollo 10, which is known as the dress rehearsal for the first moon landing.

Lunney served as flight director for a number of other NASA missions, including Apollo 13.

It was his actions, alongside actions performed by others, that saved astronauts onboard that flight after the spacecraft became disabled on the way to the moon.

Lunney’s NASA career also included work on the Mercury, Gemini, Skylab and space shuttle programs. He retired from NASA in 1985, and worked in private industry for another ten years.

Lunney received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the Apollo 13 mission operations team.