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The "Father of the Lunar Module", Thomas J. Kelly, has died

Kelly led the team that designed and built the Apollo 11 LEM (Lunar Excursion Module), where part of it still rests at Tranquility Base.

Andrew Chaikin did a nice piece on NPR's Morning Edition this morning, containing the following:

Years later, Kelly liked to gather his grandchildren by the telescope and point it at the moon. He'd tease them by saying, "Can't you see them up there? Why can't you guys see them?"

There is an obituary online at the NY Times site (free registration required)

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