Astronaut Thomas Stafford, Commander Of Apollo 10, Dies At 93

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NASA astronaut who commanded the dress rehearsal mission for the 1969 moon landing has died.

Thomas Stafford died Monday in a Florida hospital.

He was 93.

Before Apollo 10, Stafford also took part in the first rendezvous of two U.S. spacecraft in 1965.

A decade later, he because the first American to shake hands with a Soviet citizen in space when an Apollo spacecraft docked with a Soyuz craft.

Later, Stafford was the go-to guy for NASA when it sought independent advice on everything from human Mars missions to returning to flight after the 2003 space shuttle Columbia accident.

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