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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94 34

Posted by samzenpus
from the rest-in-peace dept.
puddingebola writes "From his New York Times Obituary, 'Had Jack A. Kinzler not built model planes as a boy, had he not visited the post office as a youth and had he not, as a grown man, purchased four fishing rods at $12.95 apiece, Skylab — the United States' $2.5 billion space station — would very likely have been forfeit.' An excellent obit from the NYT, recounting the story of how Kinzler saved the Skylab mission with a telescoping parasol to patch a damaged heat shield. An inventive thinker and tinkerer, Mr. Kinzler was also responsible for the flags and plaques placed during the Apollo mission."
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Jack A. Kinzler, Savior of the Skylab Mission, Dies At 94

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 16, 2014 @04:00PM (#46500317)

    "NASA's resident Mr. Fix-It, building the impeccable full-scale models of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft used in a welter of preflight tests, and solving a spate of other mechanical problems over the years â" all without the benefit of a college degree."

    A natural obsession with learning or problem solving can't be taught.

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