Guenter Wendt, RIP.

The Associated Press and other news outlets are reporting that Guenter Wendt, famed NASA engineer during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs as well as the early space shuttle missions, died earlier today from congestive heart failure and a stroke at the age of 85. For many astronauts, Mr. Wendt was the last person they saw before the hatch to their spacecraft was sealed and they were launched into orbit or, in the case of the Apollo missions, toward the Moon.

The Associated Press: Wendt, engineer at Cape Canaveral, dies at 85

Rest in peace, good sir.

Lay it on me.

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