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John C. Houbolt | Space engineer, 95

John C. Houbolt, 95, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's moon landing in 1969, died April 15 at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

John C. Houbolt, 95, an engineer whose contributions to the U.S. space program were vital to NASA's moon landing in 1969, died April 15 at a nursing home in Scarborough, Maine, of complications from Parkinson's disease.

As NASA describes on its website, while under pressure during the U.S.-Soviet space race, Mr. Houbolt was the catalyst in securing U.S. commitment to the science and engineering theory that eventually carried the Apollo crew to the moon and back safely. - AP