Karl G. HenizeNASA scientist, astronautHOUSTON -- Karl...

HOUSTON — Karl G. Henize

NASA scientist, astronaut


HOUSTON -- Karl G. Henize, a senior NASA scientist and former astronaut, died of respiratory failure Oct. 5, a day after he tried to ascend Mount Everest.

The 66-year-old scientist, who was on leave from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was participating in an expedition conducted by High Adventure BVI, a British research group.


He was buried at the base camp on the 29,028-foot Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, as he wished. The avid mountaineer climbed Mount Rainier in 1991.

After an extensive career as an astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and as a professor at Northwestern University, the Cincinnati native was selected in 1967 as a scientist-astronaut by NASA. In 1985, he flew in space on the Spacelab 2 mission. He was responsible for testing and operating the instrument-pointing system, operating the robot arm and several scientific experiments.

He retired from the astronaut program in 1986, but continued his work for NASA as a senior scientist in the Space Sciences Branch at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 1968, he received the Robert Gordon Memorial Award and in 1974, the

NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal.

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