Edward H. White

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Birthday
14, 1930
Birthplace
San Antonio, TX
Death Date
Jan 27, 1967 (36)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
14, 1930
Birthplace
San Antonio, TX
Death Date
Jan 27, 1967 (36)

About

Engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, and NASA astronaut who became the first American to walk in space. He posthumously received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Before Fame

He was among the nine people selected for NASA Astronaut Group 2 ("The New Nine") for Project Gemini.

Trivia

He and astronauts Roger B. Chaffee and Virgil "Gus" Grissom perished in 1967 during the prelaunch testing for the first manned Apollo mission.

Family Life

He married Patricia Finegan in 1953, with whom he fathered two children, Edward III and Bonnie Lynn.

Associated With

He was portrayed in 1998's "From the Earth to the Moon" by Chris Isaak.