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Essam Al-Nimr

Essam Al-Nimr

Sector : Public Figures, Public Figures

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  • Страна местожительства: United States
  • Пол: Male
  • Born in: 1926
  • key_age: 95
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He is a Palestinian-American astronaut, born in Jenin in 1926 and died on July 15, 2005 in Houston in the United States of America. He worked for the American space agency NASA, and participated in the launch of the (Apollo-11) spacecraft, which was the first spacecraft to land on the moon. In 1969, it is known that he sent a stone to the moon with the name of his city, Jenin, engraved on it with this trip

Issam al-Nimr was born in the city of Jenin in 1926, to a Palestinian family whose origins go back to the city of Tubas. His father, Dr. Saeed al-Nimr, is considered one of the first Palestinians to study medicine and practiced medicine in Palestine, where he graduated as a doctor in 1914 and worked as an officer in the Ottoman army during the First World War.

Issam Al-Nimr received his primary education in the schools of the city of Jenin and finished secondary school at Al-Najah National School in Nablus. He then joined the University of Utah in the United States in 1949, from which he graduated in 1953 in engineering sciences. He continued his postgraduate studies at New York University, where he obtained a doctorate with a specialization in the field of quantity calculations, and until 1955 he worked as a development engineer at the International Company in Chicago. In 1960, he joined the Rocket Dean Corporation, a California giant rocket engine manufacturer. During his work, he demonstrated high skills in developing internal combustion machines, which helped him to join the space industry. In 1968, he moved to the US space agency "NASA" in Houston, Texas, and led the test group for the lunar module "Luna" model.

In an interview with him published in 1993 in the weekly "Nablus" newspaper, he confirmed that he handed over to the Apollo 11 astronauts a small stone written on it "Jenin" and that this stone is now on the surface of the moon. When asked about the reason for writing Jenin and not Palestine also on the stone? "So we can get him there," he replied with a laugh. In 1972, on his first visit to the homeland, Al-Nimr presented the Jenin municipality with a picture dedicated to the people of Jenin and signed by the pilots of the "Apollo 11" vehicle.


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