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Space Pioneer Fred Ordway Dies at Age 87

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Frederick Ordway III, a space scientist who worked with Dr. Wernher von Braun on the Apollo program, died Tuesday in Huntsville.

Ordway was educated at Harvard University and the University of Paris. He also wrote more than 30 books and served as a technical adviser on the film "2001: A Space Odyssey." Most recently, Ordway worked with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on an exhibit based on the film. The exhibit is scheduled to open in 2015.

Ordway joined the American Rocket Society in 1939 and was the longest-serving member of the group.

In a news release Tuesday, Ordway's daughter, Aliette Marisol Lambert, said he never lost his love for space.

"His No. 1 goal was for the world to keeps its eyes on the universe," Lambert said. "If everyone could live by his rules of life, we would have no wars, no hatred. He was the most positive, happy, caring and loving man in the universe."

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Ordway's family is requesting that donations in Ordway's memory be made to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center Foundation to support the 2001 exhibit.


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