Karl G. Henize
Karl Henize, the man who took the beautiful photograph of the Large Magellanic Cloud, was a NASA astronaut. Henize
received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1954. In 1967 he left a
full professorship at Northwestern University to join the Apollo astronaut
corps. He served on the support crew for Apollo 15 and would have flown on
either Apollo 20, 21 or 22, had funding continued for the program. An
objective prism UV spectrograph of his was used on the Skylab space station in
the early 1970s. In 1985 he finally got his chance to go into space as a
mission specialist on the SpaceLab2 experiment
aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger.
Henize had a lifelong interest in the LMC and left behind a catalog of objects
in it bearing his name. His greatest passion however was for exploring. In
1994, when nearly 70 years old, he succumbed to hypoxia on a climb of Mount
Everest and was buried on the mountain at 22,000 ft.
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