He became an astronaut at the young age of 28, and over the course of his 12-year career, G. David Low made more than 540 laps around Earth. Low held degrees in physics, mechanical engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, but much of his fascination for outer space was inherited: in 1960 his father George Low was a member of the NASA team that first suggested to then President John F. Kennedy the possibility of putting a man on the moon within 10 years. Low died of colon cancer. He was 52.

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