Edward Higgins White

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Edward Higgins White, II (Lt Col, USAF) (November 14, 1930 – January 27, 1967) was an engineer, United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. On June 3, 1965, he became the first American to "walk" in space. White was killed along with fellow astronauts Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the first manned Apollo mission at the Kennedy Space Center. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and had previously been awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal for his Gemini 4 spaceflight.


Early years

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, where he went to school and also became member of the Boy Scouts of America.[1] After graduation from high school, he entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned his B.S. degree and his second lieutenant's bar in 1952, during the Korean War.[2] Rather than entering the Army, White chose to enter the U.S. Air Force and attend flight school, a course that takes more than a year. After a period of active service as an Air Force pilot, White enrolled the University of Michigan under Air Force sponsorship to study aeronautical engineering, where he earned his Master of Science degree in 1959.

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