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Death Of Another Pioneer

Only four days after we lost Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, Max Faget (pronounced French-style, "Fah-zhay"), the man who designed his capsule, has died.

[Update on Monday morning]

Here's a profile of the man by Jim Oberg from almost ten years ago.

Posted by Rand Simberg at October 10, 2004 05:56 PM
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Rodney Dangerfield
Gordo Cooper
Max Faget

The Banshee has taken his third.

Posted by Mike Puckett at October 10, 2004 07:41 PM

As Max was a fellow submariner I offer this verse of the Navy Hymn;

Lord God, our power evermore,
Whose arm doth reach the ocean floor,
Dive with our men beneath the sea;
Traverse the depths protectively.
O hear us when we pray, and keep
Them safe from peril in the deep.

Sailors, rest your oars...

Posted by Derek L. at October 10, 2004 09:40 PM

Rodney Dangerfield
Gordo Cooper
Max Faget

Tonight...Christopher Reeve

Posted by Mumblix Grumph at October 10, 2004 11:05 PM

Faget was born in British Honduras, and I was pleased -- when I was in Belize City in 1996 -- to find that the restaurant in the hotel was named "Maxime's" in his honor. A fairly basic hotel restaurant, but with a couple of photographs of Faget's handiwork placed quite subtly, and a nice one-para bio on the back of the menu claiming Belize's small part in the space program.

Posted by Andrew at October 11, 2004 06:55 AM

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