60 years ago today - Sep 22, 1962

The Church News describes Major Russell L. Rogers as the "first Mormon astronaut" who is scheduled to orbit the earth as "one of six Dyna-Soar (X-20) astronauts." At this time Clifford I. Cummings is also a LDS director of the Lunar Program at CalTech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Rogers dies in the 1967 crash.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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