Maxime A. FAGET (1921-2004 )
"Max Faget: Master Builder" by James Oberg
One day last November in Houston, three men met for lunch. Two of them -- Russian cosmonauts in training for an upcoming joint U.S.-Russian space mission -- had never met the third, a slightly built American gentleman in his seventies. But 12 years ago, he had saved the Russians' lives.
A Chapter from "Before This Decade is Out.... Personal Reflections on the Apollo Program"
During his nearly 40-year career in government service, Dr. Maxime A. Faget has made many distinguished contributions to the advancement of aeronautics and astronautics. Internationally known as the chief designer of the Mercury spacecraft, he has played a major role in developing the basic ideas and original design concepts that have been incorporated into every manned spacecraft that the United States has since flown. From his early research in supersonic flight, through the design and development of the Space Shuttle, Dr. Faget's engineering acumen is evident throughout in the development of aircraft, missile, and spacecraft research and design techniques.
The man who designed the original spacecraft for Project Mercury and is credited with contributing to the designs of every U.S. human spacecraft from Mercury to the Space Shuttle has died. Dr. Maxime A. Faget, who in 1958 became part of the Space Task Group that would later evolve into the NASA Johnson Space Center, died Saturday at his home in Houston. He was 83 years old.
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