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« dnia: Październik 23, 2017, 21:11 »
Pojawiły się doniesienia o śmierci byłego astronauty NASA Paula Weitza w wieku 85 lat.

Odbył on 2 loty kosmiczne: w statku Apollo SL-2 i stacji Skylab (w 1973r.) i w czasie pierwszej misji wahadłowca Challenger - STS-6 (w 1983r.). Łącznie spędził ponad 33 dni na orbicie Ziemi.

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Odp: Paul Joseph Weitz (1932-2017)
« Odpowiedź #1 dnia: Październik 23, 2017, 21:50 »
http://www.erienewsnow.com/story/36661377/astronaut-paul-weitz-dies-at-age-85-namesake-of-harbor-creek-high-stadium

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Astronaut Paul Weitz Dies at Age 85 - Namesake of Harbor Creek High Stadium
Posted: Oct 23, 2017 8:57 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2017 8:57 PM
By Lisa Adams

Likely the most famous graduate of Harborcreek High School, NASA astronaut Paul J. Weitz has died in Flagstaff, Arizona after a difficult battle with a form of cancer known as MDS or Myelodysplastic Syndromes.

Educated as an aeronautical engineer at Penn State, where he received his commission as an Ensign through the Naval ROTC program, Weitz served in various naval aircraft squadrons until NASA selected him as one of 19 astronauts in 1966.

Weitz flew into space twice. He served as pilot on the crew of Skylab-2, which launched on May 25 and ended on June 22, 1973. It was the first manned Skylab mission, and activated a 28-day flight, a new world record for a single mission.

Weitz, known by his friends as P.J., was spacecraft commander on the crew of STS-6, which launched from Kennedy Space Center on April 4, 1983. This was the maiden voyage of the Orbiter Challenger. Weitz and the crew conducted materials experiments in space, and tested support systems that would lead the way for future space walks.

In all, Paul Weitz logged a total of 793 hours in space.   He was Deputy Director of the Johnson Space Center when he retired from NASA service in May 1994.

Erie honored him with a massive parade through the city when he returned from his first mission.  At Harbor Creek High School, they named the stadium for Weitz.  Friends and family, who called him P.J., knew Weitz as a low-key guy who liked to hunt and fish and was modest about his NASA career. His brother and sister-in-law John and Karen Berry say he was in Erie just a few weeks ago to spend time with family.  Weitz ashes will be interred in Erie County.  Funeral arrangements are expected to be private.
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Odp: Paul Joseph Weitz (1932-2017)
« Odpowiedź #2 dnia: Październik 24, 2017, 08:22 »
Uczestnik pierwszej misji orbitalnej na Skylabie. Okazała się wtedy ona rekordowa.
Dowódca pierwszej wyprawy Challengera.
Weterani kosmosu odchodzą  :(



October 23, 2017 — Paul Weitz, a former NASA astronaut who lived on board Skylab before commanding the maiden mission of space shuttle Challenger, died on Monday (Oct. 23). He was 85.

Weitz died peacefully at his home in Flagstaff, Arizona, as reported by his daughter, by way of a family friend. He had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes, or MDS, a form of cancer. (...)



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« Odpowiedź #3 dnia: Październik 25, 2017, 11:23 »
Zmarł Paul Weitz
BY MICHAŁ MOROZ ON 25 PAŹDZIERNIKA 2017


Paul Weitz (1932-2017) / NASA

W wieku 85 lat zmarł amerykański astronauta Paul J. Weitz. Brał udział w pierwszej misji do stacji Skylab oraz pierwszym locie wahadłowca Challenger.

Paul Weitz urodził się 1932 roku w Erie w stanie Pennsylvania. Po ukończeniu studiów inżynierii lotniczych został pilotem wojskowym służącym w Marynarce Wojennej. W 1966 roku został wybrany do piątej grupy astronautów NASA.

Przez moment był typowany na dowódcę misji Apollo 20, ta została jednak bardzo skasowana wraz z zakończeniem programu. Pierwszy lot kosmiczny wykonał w ramach programu Skylab. Wraz z Pete Conradem oraz Josephem Kerwinem spędzili rekordowe w 1973 roku 28 dni w przestrzeni kosmicznej. Naprawili również stację Skylab, która została uszkodzona podczas lotu na orbitę – oderwał się jeden z dwóch paneli słonecznych oraz osłona mikrometeroidowa zapewniająca również osłonę termiczną. Drugi panel słoneczny był zaś zablokowany. Naprawy stacji zostały wykonane podczas trzech spacerów załogi. Weitz brał udział w dwóch z nich.

Drugi i ostatni lot kosmiczny Weitz odbył 10 lat później podczas misji STS-6, pierwszego lotu wahadłowca Challenger. Weitz pełnił rolę dowódcy. Celem misji było wyniesienie satelity TDRS-A oraz przeprowadzenie pierwszego spaceru kosmicznego w ramach programu wahadłowców.

Łącznie Paul Weitz spędził 33 dni w kosmosie. Przed przejściem na emeryturę w 1994 roku był wicedyrektorem Centrum Kosmicznego im. Johnsona.
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Erie County astronaut Paul Weitz dies at 85

“Paul is one of the most distinguished alumnus ever to walk our halls,” said Kelly Hess, superintendent of the Harbor Creek School District. “Though we didn’t see him in recent years, Paul always kept a really deep connection with Harbor Creek. About two years ago, he contacted us and sent us his commemorative wings sent by NASA for his Skylab mission.”
http://www.goerie.com/news/20171024/erie-county-astronaut-paul-weitz-dies-at-85

Commander of 1st flight of space shuttle Challenger dies
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October 24, 2017 8:05 AM EDT
http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/commander-of-1st-flight-of-space-shuttle-challenger-dies

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https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/skylab-shuttle-astronaut-paul-weitz-dies-at-85

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Oct. 25, 2017
RELEASE J17-012
Skylab, Shuttle Astronaut Paul Weitz Dies at 85

Former astronaut Paul “P.J.” Weitz, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 22, at his home at Flagstaff. He was a veteran of two spaceflights and a former deputy director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Weitz was selected as part of the fifth class of astronauts, hired in April 1966. He served as pilot on Skylab-2, the first crewed mission to America’s first space station, and commander of space shuttle Challenger’s STS-6 mission, before moving into other leadership positions at NASA. In all, he spent 33 days in space, and 28 years in service at the agency.

“P.J.’s role on the first Skylab mission helped save NASA’s first space station, and he later commanded the maiden flight of Challenger, said Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “Those important roles, combined with his leadership as Johnson’s Deputy Director during the return to flight era after Challenger, and later as Acting Director, form a lasting legacy.”

Weitz was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 1932. He graduated from Harborcreek High School in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, before advancing to Pennsylvania State University for a bachelor’s degree and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, for a master’s degree, both in aeronautical engineering.

While at Pennsylvania State University, Weitz was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy ROTC. He served one year at sea aboard a destroyer, and in various naval squadrons, logging more than 7,700 hours of flight time.

Weitz’s first mission, Skylab-2 in 1973, was the first of three crewed Skylab flights. It lasted 28 days, setting a new world record at the time. Weitz and his two crewmates made a number of repairs to the laboratory, which had been damaged during launch, including the installation of collapsible parasol through a small scientific airlock to act as a shade in place of damaged insulation, and freeing a stuck solar array. The repairs allowed for a host of microgravity and medical experiments set the stage for two longer Skylab crew missions, and ultimately for today’s International Space Station. Weitz participated in one of the mission’s three spacewalks, spending 2 hours and 11 minutes outside of the spacecraft.

His second mission, STS-6 in 1983, was the first flight of space shuttle Challenger. In addition to carrying the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite into space, the mission also saw the first spacewalk performed from a space shuttle.

After returning from space the second time, Weitz remained at NASA for more than 10 years. He became Johnson’s deputy center director in 1987, and served as the acting center director from August 1993, until his retirement in April 1994.

Weitz was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Robert J. Collier Trophy for 1973, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy for 1975 and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

He is survived by his daughter, Cindy Difranco; his son, Matt Weitz; his sister, Evelyn Richards; and brother and sister in law John and Karen Berry.

For Weitz’s official NASA biography, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/weitz_paul.pdf
       
Listen to an oral history interview with Weitz at:

https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/oral_histories/WeitzPJ/weitzpj.htm
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