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Issam El Nimr

Issam El Nimr

Sector : Science, Scientists

Личная информация

  • Страна местожительства: United States
  • Пол: Male
  • Born in: 1926
  • key_age: 96
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Issam Nemer 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, and it is known that he sent a stone to the moon on which the name of his city, Jenin, was engraved with this flight.


Upbringing and family

Issam al-Nimr was born in the city of Jenin in 1926, to a Palestinian family whose origin is in 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. His mother, Ramzia al-Nimr, died when he was two years old, and his aunt Soraya al-Nimr took care of the family. He has five brothers and four sisters, including Awni al-Nimr, who worked as a doctor in Kuwait, and Fathi al-Nimr, who founded the Jenin Electricity Project.


Issam al-Nimr married an Austrian woman, with whom he had four children, while the family remained in the United States.


Professional Biography

Issam Al-Nimr received his primary education in the schools of the city of Jenin and completed secondary school at Al-Najah National School in Nablus, then joined the University of "Utah" in the United States in 1949, and 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 calculating quantities, and until 1955 he worked as a development engineer at “International” company in Chicago. In 1960, he joined the Rocket Dean Corporation for the manufacture of giant rocket engines in California. He worked in the development of internal combustion engines, and in 1968 he moved to the US space agency "NASA" in Houston, Texas, and led the test group for the lunar module "Luna" model. Dr. was. Issam was among the scientists who give the final signal for launching spacecraft, as he participated in launching the Apollo vehicles, including Apollo 11, which was the first spacecraft to land on the moon in 1969.


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 on which he wrote “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 pioneers of the “Apollo 11” vehicle.


He worked for Aramco from 1978 until his retirement in 1985. He died in July 2005 in Houston, Texas.




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