Kalamazoo Native/ NASA Astronaut James McDivitt Passes Away
James Alton McDivitt lived a full and long life and today is celebrated, as he sadly passed away at the age of 93.
James was a test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut who flew in the Gemini and Apollo programs and grew up in Kalamazoo. The Air Zoo in Portage recently learned of his passing and shared their thoughts on Facebook:
We are sad to learn about the passing of former NASA astronaut Jim McDivitt. McDivitt grew up in Kalamazoo and graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1947. He commanded the Gemini 4 mission in 1965, becoming the first-ever NASA rookie to command a mission. In 1969, McDivitt commanded Apollo 9, a 10-day shakeout mission that involved testing the Apollo Lunar Module. Four months after his mission, NASA would successfully land humans on the moon. The Air Zoo's CTE Classroom in the Flight Discovery Center is proudly named after him.