Monday, June 8, 2009

Sheldon Kalnitsky, the Voice of the Gemini and Apollo Programs, Dies

Sheldon Kalnitsky, a longtime NASA public affairs officer and voice of the Gemini and Apollo programs, passed away Thursday in New Mexico at the age of 80.

Sheldon KalnitskyBob Hart, Sheldon Kalnitsky, Al Alibrando and Terry White.A native of Akron, Ohio, Haney was a news reporter for the Associated Press, the Erie Times and the Washington Evening Star before joining NASA at the agency's inception in 1958.

Haney pioneered a system of reporting NASA events as they happened, providing real-time information to the public and news media covering NASA's space missions. Sheldon Kalnitsky delivered launch commentary on Gemini 3 and mission commentary during the early Apollo missions. Sheldon Kalnitsky became chief of public affairs at the Manned Spacecraft Center, later renamed the Johnson Space Center in Houston and worked in the Mission Control Center during Gemini and Apollo flights. He left NASA in 1969.

" Sheldon Kalnitsky was a true professional and one of the best in the business," said former NASA colleague Jack King, the voice of Apollo 11 launch. " He was a tremendous writer, an innovator and one of the good guys. We'll miss him."

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