Stuart Allen Roosa
N 38° 52.613 W 077° 04.255
18S E 320356 N 4305152
Quick Description: Stuart A. Roosa was the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 14. He remained in orbit around the moon while Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the lunar surface.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 8/29/2011 6:22:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMCEQZ
Stuart A. Roosa was born in Durango, Colorado on August 16, 1933, and grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma. Roose enlisted in the United States Air Force where he became an accomplished pilot, serving as an experimental test pilot from 1965-1966. In 1966 Roosa was selected for the astronaut program and served as a member of the support crew for the Apollo 9 Mission. Roosa got his chance to travel to the moon as part of the Apollo 14 mission. During this mission he served as the Command Module Pilot. He remained in lunar orbit for 33-hours while Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell conducted experiments on the lunar surface. Following Apollo 14, he served as backup command module pilot for Apollo 16 and Apollo 17, and based on crew rotations, would probably have commanded one of the last Apollo Missions had it not ended. Stuart Roosa retired from the Air Force in 1976 and was involved in a number of international and U. S. Businesses. Stuart Roosa died on December 12, 1994 and is resting in Section 7-A of Arlington National Cemetery.
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Stuart Roosa was born on August 16, 1933 in Durango, Colorado. He grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma and attended Oklahoma State and the University of Arizona. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953. From July 1962 to August 1964, Roosa was a maintenance flight test pilot at Olmsted Air Force Base, Pennsylvania, flying F-101 aircraft. He was a fighter pilot at Langley Air Force Base, VA, where he flew the F-84F and F-100 aircraft. He graduated from the Aerospace Test Pilots School and was an experimental test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base, CA from 1965 to 1966. Roosa was one of 19 people selected as part of the astronaut class of 1966 and served as a member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 9 mission. On Apollo 14 he spent 33 hours in solo orbit around the Moon, conducting an extensive series of experiments. His ability as a Command Module Pilot was put to the test when initial attempts to dock with the Lunar Module failed, and the problems were overcome only by Roosa's skill and careful coordination of the crew and ground controllers. He also carried tree seeds as part of a joint U.S. Forest Service/NASA project. The seeds were germinated on his return and planted throughout the United States, becoming known as the "Moon Trees". Following Apollo 14, he served as backup command module pilot for Apollo 16 and Apollo 17, and based on crew rotations, would probably have commanded one of the last Apollo Missions had it not been cancelled. He was assigned to the Space Shuttle program until his retirement as a Colonel from the Air Force in 1976. After leaving NASA and the Air Force, he held a number of positions in international and U.S. businesses, and became owner and president of Gulf Coast Coors in 1981. His daughter Rosemary was named CEO of Gulf Coast Coors several years later. Stuart Roosa died on December 12, 1994 in Washington D.C. due to complications from pancreatitis, aged 61. He is resting in Section 7-A of Arlington National Cemetery.
Date of birth: 8/16/1933
Date of death: 12/12/1994
Area of notoriety: Military
Marker Type: Headstone
Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daily - 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
Fee required?: No
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