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Henry 'Pete' Clements, retired Air Force colonel who worked on earliest NASA missions, dies

Henry 'Pete' Clements, retired Air Force colonel who worked on earliest NASA missions, dies

Henry Earl "Pete" Clements, a Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate who went on to become a colonel in the U.S. Air Force and associate director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, died of an acute cardiac event Aug. 10 in McMahan, Texas. He was 92.

Mr. Clements joined the Marine Corps as a teen, serving in the Pacific in the final years of World War II, and went on to become an Air Force officer after studying at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He then spent two decades at NASA, working on the launches and mission control of the Mercury and Gemini missions, as a top aide to longtime NASA Administrator James C. Fletcher, and as a top administrator at...

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