Biographies of U.S. Astronauts


Richard Francis, Jr. "Dick"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  05.10.1929
Birthplace:  Seattle, Washington
Marital status:  widowed
Children:  six
Selection date:  17.10.1963
Selection group:  NASA-3
Position:  CMP
Status:  Ret. 01.01.1972
Day of death:  06.11.2017
Place of death:  San Marcos, California


No. Mission Position Time Duration
1  Gemini 11  PLT  12.09. - 15.09.1966 2d 23h 17m 
2  Apollo 12  CMP  14.11. - 24.11.1969 10d 04h 36m 
Total  13d 03h 53m 

Backup assignments

No. Mission Position
1  Gemini 8  PLT
2  Apollo 9  CMP
3  Apollo 15  CDR

Additional information

Bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Washington, 1951; Captain, USN, Ret.: flight test pilot; unsuccessful application for NASA astronaut group 2; later he was Executive Vice President of the NFL Profi Football Club New Orleans Saints; in August 1977 he became General Manager of Energy Developers Ltd.; from May 1978 until August 1981 he served as President for Resolution Engineering and Development Co.; from September 1981 until February 1983 he worked as Director Los Angeles Division of Scott Science and Technology Inc., a firm of the former Apollo 15 Commander David R. Scott; in March 1982 he became President of Astro Science Corporation in Los Angeles, California; later he served as President of Space Age America, Inc.; later he lived in Sedona, Arizona; hobbies: Water Skiing, golf.


Last update on April 18, 2018.