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Flag To Be Given To Sister City In Japan

Ann Arbor News, May 27, 1969


Flag To Be Given To Sister City In Japan
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Commander Of Apollo 9: Women Astronauts Out!

Ann Arbor News, April 18, 1969


Commander Of Apollo 9: Women Astronauts Out!
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'U" Merging 46 Projects In New Space Building

Ann Arbor News, June 15, 1965


'U" Merging 46 Projects In New Space Building
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Daylong Program To Honor Astronaut McDivitt Next Friday

Ann Arbor News, April 12, 1969


Daylong Program To Honor Astronaut McDivitt Next Friday
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Ann Arbor Awaits McDivitt's 'Down-To-Earth' Orbital Trip

Ann Arbor News, April 17, 1969


Ann Arbor Awaits McDivitt's 'Down-To-Earth' Orbital Trip
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Apollo 9 Increased Earth Knowledge, McDivitt Says

Ann Arbor News, April 19, 1969


Apollo 9 Increased Earth Knowledge, McDivitt Says
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Astronauts Received Honorary Degrees

Astronauts Received Honorary Degrees

Astronauts 10/2
On June 15, 1965, U-M graduates and NASA Astronauts James Alton McDivitt and Edward Higgins White II, open the new NASA Space Research Building on North Campus.

James Alton McDivitt (Brig Gen, USAF Ret.) (born June 10, 1929) is a former NASA astronaut who flew in the Gemini and Apollo programs. He commanded the Gemini 4 flight during which Edward H. White performed the first US space walk, and later the Apollo 9 flight which was the first manned flight test of the Lunar Module and the complete set of Apollo flight hardware. He later became Manager of Lunar Landing Operations and was the Apollo Spacecraft Program Manager from 1969 to 1972.
McDivitt graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan (graduated first in class) in 1959 and an honorary doctorate in Astronautical Science from the University of Michigan in 1965.

Edward Higgins White, II (Lt Col, USAF) (November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967) was an engineer, U.S. Air Force officer, and NASA astronaut. White died along with his fellow astronauts Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger B. Chaffee during prelaunch testing for the first manned Apollo mission at Cape Canaveral. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his flight in Gemini 4 and in 1997, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor posthumously.
White was born in San Antonio, Texas. White's father, Edward H. White, Sr. was a major general in the Air Force. After graduation from high school, he was accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where in 1952 he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force.
In 1958, White enrolled in the University of Michigan under Air Force sponsorship to study aeronautical engineering, where he earned his Master of Science degree in 1959. Following graduation, White was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base and was then assigned as a test pilot. White was one of nine men chosen as part of the second group of astronauts in 1962. Within an already elite group, White was considered to be a high-flier by the management of NASA. He was chosen as Pilot of Gemini 4, with Command Pilot James McDivitt. White became the first American to make a walk in space, on June 3, 1965.

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Federal Building To Be A Departure

Ann Arbor News, October 10, 1975


Federal Building To Be A Departure
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Federal Building Groundbreaking Draws Protesters

Ann Arbor News, October 6, 1975


Federal Building Groundbreaking Draws Protesters
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Federal Site Clearing Work Begins Soon

Ann Arbor News, August 14, 1975


Federal Site Clearing Work Begins Soon
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