The Brenham Eagle has landed and we are over the moon knowing a bona fide American space hero is in our midst. Art Hinners lives with his wife at Kruse Village in Brenham, Texas, operated by LSS. His career as an engineer started in 1948 working for NACA (not a missprint) before it dissolved and became NASA. Art was a key member of the team that helped put Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, and he also helped Apollo 13 astronauts return safely to Earth after disaster struck when an oxygen tank famously exploded. If you’ve seen the Tom Hanks movie “Apollo 13” then you know a small group of NASA engineers had to devise a “kluge” on the spot with limited materials that would remove toxic levels of carbon dioxide from the limited air inside the spacecraft to keep its three astronauts alive. Art was one of those engineers.
Here is a link to the Brenham Eagle article with more wonderful details about Art’s NASA days like getting to meet President Johnson and his dog.
“It was a shame to be paid for it, it was so much fun,” Art said. Words of a true American hero.