AFTERGLOW: The Ted Freeman’s Legacy

Ted Freeman was on the verge of being named to one of the later Gemini missions. As I contemplate Ted’s sadly shortened career in the U.S. space program, I often wonder what amazing adventures may have lain ahead for him. Had he and Charlie successfully completed their Gemini roles, I believe – and this is where the sentiment comes in – that they might have been assigned to walk together on the Moon.  —  Tribute by Colin Burgess, Australian Author in Space Flight and Military History

79 pages, 6” x 9” b&w, 110 photos, Paperback


The making of an astronaut…
In 2010, the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame (DAHF) inducted Theodore C. Freeman as a member, posthumously of course. According to the program brochure, he “might have become America’s first man on the Moon, if not for his untimely death from a plane crash in Texas…he was the first member of the U.S. Space Program to lose his life”. He was in NASA’s Astronaut Group Three along with such astronaut notables as Buzz Aldrin, Gene Cernan and Alan Bean, all expecting to become Apollo pilots. That was back in the 60s. He was the second USNA graduate to train as an astronaut. Alan Shepard was 10 years before him as the first USNA graduate.


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