Belizean-Born Space Pioneer Dies



A Belizean-born space travel and design pioneer has died. Dr. Maxime A. Faget was born in Stann Creek, in what was then British Honduras, on august 26th, 1921. We don't know how long he lived in Belize but he went on to join the U.S. Navy and in 1946 joined NASA where he worked on the first spacecraft mercury. Faget's career with NASA spanned 4 decades during which he was instrumental in the design of every human spacecraft. The former director of the Johnson Space Center in California commented that there is no one in space flight history who has had a larger impact on man's quest in space exploration than Faget. Max Faget passed away at his home in Houston on Saturday, October 9 2004. We don't know how deep his Belizeans roots run but he was pre-deceased by his wife and he is survived by 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

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