Ronald Evans


Full Name: Ronald Ellwin Evans Jr.
Born: November 10, 1933 in St. Francis, Kansas
Died: April 6, 1990 in Scottsdale, Arizona (heart attack)
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: March 17, 1977
Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 12 days, 13 hours, 52 minutes
Number of EVA’s: 1
Total EVA Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes, 44 seconds


Apollo 7
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 9
Assignment: Capcom

Apollo 11
Assignment: Support Crew & Capcom

Apollo 14
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot

Apollo 17
December 7-19, 1972
Assignment: Command Module Pilot
Flight Duration: 12 days, 13 hours, 52 minutes

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Assignment: Back-up Command Module Pilot


B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, University of Kansas, 1956
M.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, USN Postgraduate School, 1964

1957, completed flight training and assigned to carrier operations.

From January to June 1962, combat flight instructor.

On sea duty in the Pacific flying off the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga during Vietnam Combat Operations for seven months before selection by NASA.

Apollo 17, Dec 7-19, 1972, CMP on the final Apollo mission to the moon. Performed NASA’s last deep space EVA to retrieve film canisters from the Scientific Instrument Module(SIM) Bay on the Service Module. Recovery of Apollo 17 was made by Evan’s old ship, the USS Ticonderoga.

Retired from the USN with the rank of Captain on April 30, 1976.

Worked in the development of the Space Shuttle program as part of the operations training group, responsible for the launch and ascent phases of Shuttle missions.

After leaving NASA, worked with the Western America Energy Corp. in Scottsdale, Arizona and then Sperry Flight Systems in Phoenix, Arizona, eventually becoming Director of Space Services Marketing.

Later formed his own consulting firm in Scottsdale.


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