James B. Irwin, 61, a former astronaut who walked on the...

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August 10, 1991

James B. Irwin, 61, a former astronaut who walked on the moon in 1971 and later became a minister who searched for traces of Noah's Ark, died at a hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colo., Thursday night, apparently of a heart attack. Of the 12 men who walked on the moon, he is the first to die. He viewed his Apollo 15 moon journey in July-August 1971 as a religious experience and said it led him to found the High Flight Foundation, an interdenominational evangelistic organization.

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