Stuart Roosa


Full Name: Stuart Allen Roosa
Born: August 16, 1933 in Durango, Colorado
Died: December 12, 1994 in Falls Church, Virginia (complications of pancreatitis)
Joined NASA: April 4, 1966
Left NASA: February 1, 1976
Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 9 days, 1 minute


Gemini 12
Assignment: Capcom

Apollo 9
Assignment: Capcom

Apollo 14
January 31 – February 9, 1971
Assignment: Command Module Pilot
Flight Duration: 9 days, 1 minute

Apollo 16
Assignment: Back-up CMP & Capcom

Apollo 17
Assignment: Back-up CMP & Capcom


B.Sc., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Colorado, 1953

Joined USAF in 1953 graduating from the Aviation Cadet Program at Williams AFB, Arizona.

1953-1955, Chief of Service Engineering at Tachikawa Air Base in Japan.

1956-1961, Fighter pilot at Langley AFB, Virginia.

1962-1964, Maintenance Flight Test Pilot at Olmstead AFB, Pennsylvania.

1965, Graduated USAF Aerospace Research Pilot School and was assigned as an experimental test pilot at Edwards AFB, California until his selection by NASA.

November 1966, became the only member of his 1966 astronaut class to be assigned in the Gemini program when he acted as Capcom for the Gemini 12 mission.

January-February 1971, Command Module pilot for the Apollo 14 mission, assisting in the successful landing at the Fra Mauro highlands originally planned for the aborted Apollo 13 flight.

1976-1977, Corporate Vice-President, International Operations, U.S. Industries(USI) Inc., Oak Brook, Illinois and President of USI’s Middle East Development Co. Ltd., Athens, Greece.

1977-1981, Vice-President of Advanced Planning, Charles K. Campbell Investments Ltd.

1981 until his death in 1994, owner and President of Gulf Coast Coors Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi. Attained his Coors dealership through his association with his Apollo 14 CDR Alan Shepard who was a senior executive of the Coors Brewing Co.


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