Who was Frank Borman? Man behind first moon mission dies at 95


Former US astronaut Frank Borman died at the age of 95 in Billings, Montana, on Nov 7.

He made history by becoming the commander of the first Apollo 8 mission that orbited the moon in 1968.

He, along with James Lovell, and William Anders, orbited the moon 10 times before returning to Earth.

They were the first humans ever to see the moon's far side.

Borman was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor for his role in the mission.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson called Borman "one of NASA's best" and "a true American hero."

Born in Indiana on March 14, 1928, Borman was still the oldest American astronaut.

He attended the US Military Academy at West Point, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1950.

The same year, he married his high school sweetheart, Susan Bugbee, who died in 2021.

After graduating, Borman became an Air Force fighter pilot and was selected to be an astronaut in 1962.

He was inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Borman's net worth was between $3-$5 million.

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